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SP Balasubrahmanyam’s funeral: Veteran singer laid to rest at his farmhouse

The passing away of the legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam has left his fans saddened. His funeral is being held at a farmhouse in Thamaraipakkam village of Thiruvallore district.

Written by Arushi Jain , Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: September 26, 2020 8:30:30 pm
spb, spb funeral, SP Balasubrahmanyam funeralSPB's funeral rites were performed by his son S P Charan. (Express photo by Janardhan Koushik)

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam succumbed to coronavirus on Friday. The 74-year-old actor was admitted to MGM Healthcare in Chennai in the first week of August after testing positive for coronavirus.

SPB’s son SP Charan told reporters at MGM Healthcare, “SPB belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 pm.”

A statement from the hospital read, “Thiru S P Balasubrahmanyam had been admitted at MGM Healthcare on August 5th and commenced on life support measures since August 14th for severe COVID-19 pneumonia. He continued to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary team in the critical care unit. He tested negative for COVID-19 on September 4th. In a further setback this morning, despite maximal life support measures and the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition deteriorated further and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. With profound grief, we regret to inform that he has passed away on September 25th at 13:04 Hours. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, well-wishers and admirers at their loss during this time of anguish and sorrow.”

The passing away of the legendary singer has left his fans saddened. Many celebrities are paying their tribute to him on social media.

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Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his condolences to SPB’s family. In a statement, the CM said, “Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SPB, has been the refreshing notation of film music spanning over five decades, enthralling the connoisseurs and common people alike through his multifaceted talent.”

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20:30 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Kangana on SP Balasubrahmanyam: 90's kids will never get over this legend

Kangana Ranaut shared on Twitter, "#SPBalasubrahmanyam 90’s kids will never get over this legend. His voice seems such an inseparable part of our growing up years. You will remain in us as a part of us."

20:10 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Pawan Kalyan on SP Balasubrahmanyam

Pawan Kalyan wrote a heartfelt tribute to legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who died on Friday.

19:28 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Ilaiyaraaja pays homage to SP Balasubrahmanyam

Ilaiyaraaja has composed a song for late singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. The song was shared by Jagapati Babu on Twitter.

18:51 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Ilaiyaraaja pays homage to SP Balasubrahmanyam

(Photo: Ilaiyaraaja/Facebook)

On Saturday, maestro Ilaiyaraaja paid his respects to legendary late singer SP Balasubrahmanyam at Thiruvannamalai.

18:31 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Ghibran: An era has come to an end

Ghibran tweeted, "We'll deeply miss you #SPBalasubramaniam sir. My deepest condolences and prayers. An era has come to an end today yet SPB sirs voice will remain within us forever. May his soul rest in peace."

18:00 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Sampath Nandi shares his favourite memory

Filmmaker Sampath Nandi shared how in 10th standard he won a singing competition because of SP Balasubrahmanyam's song.

17:33 (IST)26 Sep 2020
'He loved music and music loved him back'

Ravi Shastri wrote on Twitter, "The nightmare continues - so very sad to hear about the passing away of #SPBalasubramanyam. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and fans. He loved music and music loved him back. Om Shanti"

17:09 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Anil Kapoor on SPB: Still can't get over that he is no more

Sharing a video, Anil Kapoor wrote, "#SPBalasubramanyam’s magical voice made so many careers of leading men and I am one of them... still can’t get over that he’s no more but his songs will live on forever... a tribute to the magic of #SPBalasubramanyam and Illiaraja..."

16:31 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Actor Khushbu Sundar thanks Tamil Nadu CM for state honours at SPB's funeral
16:17 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Music composer S Thaman pays tribute to SPB
15:59 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Remember SPB through his evergreen songs

SPB sang a staggering 40,000 songs in his career in 16 languages. Safe to say, he was an incredibly versatile artiste. Here is a playlist of some of his best songs. PLAYLIST: Evergreen SP Balasubrahmanyam songs

15:40 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja mourns SPB
15:13 (IST)26 Sep 2020
AR Rahman: SP Balasubrahmanyam is part of our culture, victories, devotion and love

AR Rahman shared a moving video on Saturday, remembering the legendary late singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. In the video, Rahman revisited some of his fondest memories with the singer, who sang over forty-one thousand songs in his career.

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14:55 (IST)26 Sep 2020
SPB buried with state honours

SP Balasubrahmanyam was laid to rest at his farm house near Chennai on Saturday with a 24-gun salute by Tamil Nadu police.

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14:37 (IST)26 Sep 2020
"One of the most versatile & mellifluous voices"

Sadhguru tweeted, "#SPB – one of the most versatile & mellifluous voices that brought joy to millions. A much celebrated prolific artist, he endeared himself as much for his art as his humility & affability. Our condolences to his family, friends & his legion of fans. –Sg."

13:40 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Nagarjuna Akkineni pays tribute to SP Balasubrahmanyam

Nagarjuna Akkineni paid his last respects to legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. In a video, the Bigg Boss Telugu 4 host said, “We no longer have the blessing to be able to hear his voice but I am sure the celestial beings are enjoying his music. Keep him safe dear Lord, keep our Balu safe.” The video features SPB’s photos with his songs playing in the backdrop while Nagarjuna pays his tribute."

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13:29 (IST)26 Sep 2020
SPB laid to rest
13:23 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Vijay at SPB's funeral


(Photo: Janardhan Koushik/Twitter)
(Express Photo by Janardhan Koushik)

13:02 (IST)26 Sep 2020
Vijay condoles SPB's son SP Charan
12:52 (IST)26 Sep 2020
SPB has been laid to rest

SP Balasubrahmanyam has been laid to rest. It was a befitting send-off to the legendary singer. 

SPB had an illustrious career in showbiz. He won six National Film Awards and 25 Nandi Awards. The Government of India honoured the singer-actor with the Padma Shri in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011. Besides holding a Guinness World record for singing over 40,000 songs, the music maestro acted in many films. His major movies include Keladi Kanmani (1990), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Kadhalan (1994), Ullaasam (1996) and others.