Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Yesudas: S.P. Balasubramaniam is Blessed by Almighty

If legendary singer Mohd Rafi is regarded as the Monarch among singers of Bollywood than S.P. Balasubramaniam is unarguably the doyen of South Indian film industry. However the humble S.P. Balasubramaniam has highest regards for the veteran singer Mohd Rafi and admires him as the greatest singer of India. Winner of umpteen awards including Indian government’s highest civilian awards Padmashri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011), S.P. Balasubramaniam also holds the prestigious Guiness Book of World Records for singing maximum number of songs (a staggering over 40,000 plus songs) in multiple language in Indian languages like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Tulu, Oriya, Assamese, Punjabi etc. in a career spanning four decades. 

The maestro S.P. Balasubramaniam, better known as SPB in film fraternity, turns 68 today; Raaga.Com wishes him many happy returns of the day and prays for his good health. 

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Singing is an art which is bestowed by Almighty to a selected few and one among the fortunate is S.P. Balasubramaniam, who despite lacking formal training in either Hindustani or Carnatic music, has no hindrance whatsoever in singing even classical based songs remember the super hit songs of SHANKARABHARANAM (Telugu) that had intense use of Carnatic music but Balasubrahmanyam faced no barriers and went away winning the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer to the amazement of the so-called gurus of classical music! 

However readers would be rather surprised to know that S.P. Balasubramaniam feels the pinch of not having learnt classical music. In an interview he candidly confessed, “Nowadays recording is a hectic affairs. Sometimes I am so much tied up in my assignment that I have to sing as many as 19 songs a day!” He adds, “In such a situation if one has learnt classical it helps to grasp the tunes quickly.” 

Lamenting for not learning music S.P. Balasubramaniam, once regretted to his dear friends and other maestro in singing Yesudas. However to his utter surprise Yesudas made him at ease saying, “SPB you need not feel guilty about lacking knowledge of classical music because you are blessed by Almighty hence there is no reason for being remorseful.”

Thespian Dilip Kumar’s Autobiography To Be Released on June 9

Dilip Kumar, the legendary thespian’s much delayed autobiography called SUBSTANCE AND SHADOW is finally complete and will be released on June 9, 2014 at Mumbai’s posh five star Grand Hyatt Hotel according to its author veteran journalist Uday Tara Nayar. 

The historic event will witness the entire film industry gracing the event from Amitabh Bachchan to the three Khans of industry viz. Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman (though buzz is Shah Rukh Khan may miss this unforgettable occasion as he is held up in an important assignment.) 

The list of dignitaries is quite long. It ranges from Lata Mangeshkar, Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit, Tina and Anil Ambani, Kamal Haasan, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Vidya Balan and his old friend Dharmendra and Vyjayanthimala, both of whom will share their sweet memories with the legend. 

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According to reports the film industry has left no stone unturned to honor the grand old man of Indian Cinema who is regarded as a God of Acting. Hence a number of programmes are lined up to make the event spectacular and grand. 

The programme will commence with Nightingale of Indian Cinema, Lata Mangeshkar lightening traditional inaugural lamp and singing a song dedicated to Dilip Kumar. This will be followed by Star of Millennium, Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan officially unveiling the autobiography. 

Among the other interesting programmes lined up includes recitation of a paragraph from the autobiography by Amitabh Bachchan, A poem exclusively written by eminent poem Prasoon Joshi in praise of Dilip Sahab being read by Aamir Khan, a medley of Dilip Kumar's evergreen hit songs composed by Lalit Pandit and performed by Javed Ali and Shaan.

The other highlight of the event is an audio visual-3D video that traces the thespian’s entire journey with clips from his super hit movies beginning from his debut film JWAR BHATA to classics like MADHUMATI, SHAHEED, DEVDAS, ANDAZ, MUGHAL-E-AZAM, RAM AUR SHYAM, SHAKTI, KARMA, SAUDAGAR To his last film QUILA released in 1998 in which he was paired opposite Rekha for the first time!