Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25 at the age of 74. The singer, whose voice enchanted Indian cinema and music lovers over the last fifty years, was honoured with a 72-gun salute by the Tamil Nadu police. S P Balasubrahmanyam died at a Chennai hospital on Friday afternoon. He was 74. Actor Vijay paid his last respects to the legendary singer – he consoled SPB’s son S P Charan with folded hands and a hug. S P Balasubrahmanyam was the voice of actor Vijay in songs such as Oru Kaditham, Enna Azhagu and Azhagooril.
Veteran director Bharathiraja, who was also at the hospital last evening, attended the funeral and so did singer Mano. Music composer Devi Sri Prasad and comedian Mayilsami were also part of S P Balasubrahmanyam’s funeral.
A number of politicians were spotted at S P Balasubrahmanyam’s last rites – AIADMK leader D Jayakumar, Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar Yadav and Tamil Languages And Culture Minister Pandiarajan attended. About Mr Balasubrahmanyam, Pandiarajan said: “He has received national awards for his songs in many languages. It’s a great honour”. S P Balasubrahmanyam’s son S P Charan performed the final rites. Mr Balasubrahmanyam’s wife Savitri and close family members participated in the rituals.
Although the district police had initially denied permission for public homage citing COVID-19 risk, they lifted the restriction. On Saturday morning, elaborate security managements were made on account of the funeral.
After a few hours of public homage at SPB’s Chennai home on Friday evening, the late singer was taken to his Red Hills Farmhouse in Thamaraipakkam in the Thiruvallur district in a hearse van, when well-wishers and emotional fans followed the vehicle to bid SPB a final farewell. PTI reported that the hearse van had to slow down to allow fans to bid a final adieu to SPB.