SPB’s last rites with full police honours, thousands pay tribute at farmhouse

From this morning, there was a steady stream of people from various walks of life who visited the farmhouse of veteran singer S P Balasubrahmanyam at his farm house in Thamaripakkam in Thiruvallur district to pay their last tributes to the legend before his last rites.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday night announced that the mortal remains of SPB would be laid to rest with full police honours.

In a statement here, he said SPB has find a place in the hearts of the people not only in Tamil Nadu, but also in India. “To add glory to his fame, the body of SPB will be laid to rest with full police honours”, he added.

President Ramnath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, DMK President M K Stalin, PMK Founder Dr S Ramadoss, actor-politician Kamal Haasan, Superstar Rajinikanth, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, Governors and Chief Ministers of various states, film actors, artistes, filmmakers and directors from Kollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood mourned the death of SPB.

SPB made his singing debut in 1966 with Telugu movie Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. In Tamil, he shot into fame instantaneously after his first released film song ‘Aayiram Nilave Vaa’ in the MGR starrer ‘Adimai Penn’ in 1969.

He has sung over 40,000 songs in as many as 16 languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi.

Balasubrahmanyam was also a voice-over artist. He was the voice-over artist for actor Kamal Hassan, whenever the latter’s Tamil movies were dubbed in Telugu. Balasubrahmanyam also acted in movies.