S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who died in Chennai on the age of 74 on Friday, was one of the best playback singers of all time in Indian cinema.
Few singers may rival him in recognition. Fewer have been as versatile. Still fewer have been as prolific. He sang over 40,000 songs in several languages in several eras of Indian cinema. The Hindu performs again his best.
Maanguyile poonguyile... (Karakattakkaran)
Ilaiyaraaja and SPB fashioned one of probably the most profitable composer-singer mixtures in cinema. A big share of the largest hits tuned by the maestro have been rendered by SPB. This music from the delectable rustic Tamil drama, launched in 1989, tells us once more why Ilaiyaraaja had a lot religion in him.
Right with the background music – an excellent association of percussion and nadaswaram – the music director captures your creativeness. Then the magical voice of SPB takes over.
Rarely has the charms of rural Tamil Nadu been captured higher in music. Add the recent, harmless face of Kanaka, in her debut, you get a slice of the nice custom of Indian movie music.
Kaadhal Rojave… (Roja)
The world woke as much as A.R. Rahman’s astounding expertise with this good debut album for director Mani Ratnam. And this music captures the essence of the stunning, superbly shot romance.
It is one of the best love songs ever in Indian cinema, in any language. SPB introduced out the pangs of separation so superbly.
Sujatha’s hauntingly scrumptious buzzing was simply the fitting prelude for this timeless traditional. Rahman’s genius has introduced out the sweetness of Raga Kapi so effectively. He would go on to do a number of timeless melodies within the Raga.
Sundari kannal… (Thalapathi)
Another Mani Ratnam traditional, which really preceded Roja, additionally had splendid music, by Ilaiyaraaja, who was his collaborator earlier than he found Rahman. Songs like Rakkamma kaiya thattu… and Kattukkuyilu… could have climbed larger up the charts, however this duet by SPB and S. Janaki was the choose.
It is a melody that by no means fails to sooth you. The stunning Shobana and Rajinikanth, who gave one of his career-best performances for Thalapathi, with the help of Santosh Sivan’s digital camera, made the music a delight to look at, too.
Malare mounama… (Karna)
Vidyasagar is one of probably the most gifted composers of our time. Though he belongs to Andhra and relies in Chennai, it’s in Malayalam he has given his best. The form of music gave Malayalam cinema for the final 20 years and a half is astounding.
It is uncertain if Tamil cinema has used his expertise correctly. This attractive duet, through which SPB has the corporate of S. Janaki as soon as once more, is a reminder of that reality. It is among the many best songs of SPB within the latter half of his profession.
Mannil indha kadhal… (Keladi Kanmani)
Another melodious composition from Ilaiyaraaja. This time, SPB did not lip-synch for Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan, however for himself, as he performed the hero within the movie directed by debutant Vasanth.
Omkaara naadaanu… (Sankarabharanam)
Four many years in the past, director Ok. Viswanath made a movie based mostly on classical music and dance and created historical past. Not many may have imagined it could turn into such a rage throughout south India.
Its success had shocked even these related to the movie. Its heroin, Manju Bhargavi, as soon as instructed me there was hardly anybody within the theatres in Andhra on the day the movie was launched.
The music, composed by Ok.V. Mahadevan, performed an enormous half within the movie’s success. SPB sang all however one of the ten songs. His voice helped Carnatic music – what if he wasn’t a skilled musician – attain the lay listener. This music, set in Raga Sankarabharanam, fetched him the primary of his six National Awards.
Tere mere beech mein… (Ek Duuje Ke Liye)
Two years after Sankarabharanam received him new followers throughout south India, he moved north and made a splendid debut in Hindi with Ok. Balachander’s romantic tragedy that includes Kamal Haasan. This stunning composition by Laxmikant-Pyarelal received SPB his second National Award.
It additionally helped him make his voice felt in Bollywood. He would turn into so fashionable, he would turn into the principle singing voice of Salman Khan.
The listing of SPB’s timeless melodies would go on and on, with songs like Thoda thoda… (Indira), Paattu onnu naan… (Pudhu Vasantham), Muthumani malai… (Chinna Gounder), Aracha santhanam… (Chinna Thambi),Kaadhalin deepam… (Thambikku Entha Ooru), Kalyana malai… (Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal), En kaadhale… (Duet), Kappaleri poyachu… (Indian), En veettu thotrathil… (Gentleman), Maanoothuthu
manthaiyile… (Kizhhakku Cheemayile), Pehla pehla pyar hai… (Hum Aapke Hai Koun), Dil deewana… (Maine Pyar Kiya), Bahut pyar karte hai… (Saajan).