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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam


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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, is a prolific Indian singer. He is commonly known as S.P.B. by fans and Baalu by close friends and relatives.

He was born as Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam into an orthodox Saivite family on June 4, 1946 in Konetammapeta in the Nellore district of then composite Madras State (Now part of state of Andhra Pradesh). He is the second son in a large family of three sons and five daughters. His father SP Sambamurthy was a well-known exponent of Harikatha.

Early Days

Balu took to singing as a hobby during his childhood. He developed an interest in music very early in his life, and had studied notations and learnt to play instruments such as harmonium and flute on his own while listening to his father. His father wished that Balu should become an engineer which brought him to Madras, where he enrolled for the AMIE course. Meanwhile, he also pursued his hobby and won awards at many singing competitions.

In 1964, a Madras-based Telugu Cultural Organisation, organised a music competition for amateur singers. Balu won the first prize, and that proved a turning point in his life. Music director SP Kodandapani took him under his wing. Then offers poured in from Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies.

His band
Before he became a full fledged cinema singer, Baalu was the leader of a light music troupe that comprised of

* Anirutta, who was working in Corporation and was the harmonium artist

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