Balasubrahmanya wanted to be an engineer, not a singer, sometimes practicing it 10 days before singing.


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The full name of the SP is Sripati Panditradhul Balasubrahmanya. He was born on 4 June 1948 in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.

  • SP Balasubramaniam said in an interview that his goal is not to become a singer
  • Music director Laxmikant did not like the songs when they came in Hindi

Veteran Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan award winning musician SP Balasubramaniam has passed away. The 524-year-old SP was admitted to MGM Hospital in Chennai for about 52 days and was undergoing treatment for Covid-19. Balasubrahmanya was an accident artist. He has sung more than 40,000 songs in 6 languages. But he never wanted to be a singer. This was revealed by Balasubrahmanian himself in an interview.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 52nd annual Bangalore Ganesh Utsav in 2014, the singer said- My goal was not to be a singer. It was an accident. I sang very well, I agree. But I wanted to be an engineer. Never wanted to be a film man. He has been performing on the show since 1975.

2. Most people have rearranged their schedule for SP

SP was not only the best singer, he dubbed the voice for many actors. Especially all the Telugu films of Kamal Hasan were dubbed by SP. Not only that, he also acted.

SP Balasubrahmanyaman was considered as Salman Khan's voice.  He has sung for Salman in films like 'Main Pyaar Kiya' and 'Hum Aapne Hai Kaun'.

SP Balasubrahmanyaman was considered as Salman Khan’s voice. He has sung for Salman in films like ‘Main Pyaar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Aapne Hai Kaun’.

Balasubramaniam said- When I am given a character and if I can fit it physically and I like that character then I accept it. But he should also have a date. My first love song. Then I check the date for other things. Most people reschedule their schedule for me.

3. Occasionally practice 10 days to sing

Balasubramaniam had no problem believing that he could not sing some songs. They said- He (the filmmakers) felt that I was versatile and that I could do everything. Whenever they gave me a hard composition, I would listen to it many times and say that if you want me to sing this song, I have to practice many times.

Sometimes I would spend a week or 10 days practicing and imbibing it. Then I would sing it if I felt comfortable. Whenever they (filmmakers) say they don’t have time, I’ll tell them to drop me, because I won’t be able to do justice to this song.

SP Balasubrahmanian started singing in Hindi film with 'Ek-Duje Ke Liye' starring Kamal Hasan.

SP Balasubrahmanian started singing in Hindi film with ‘Ek-Duje Ke Liye’ starring Kamal Hasan.

4) Laxmikant did not like the voice at first

The SP said in the interview that when he was going to sing for the first time in Hindi film Ek-Duje Ke. Then music director Laxmikant (Laxmikant-Pyrelal duo fame) is not happy with his voice. Because they had never heard of it before.

Laxmikant said- ‘This madrasi boy cannot do justice with my writing.’ Later the director K. Balachandra mentioned that the main character could not speak good Hindi till the end of the film. So if something goes wrong with his accent, he will adapt to the character.

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