Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam — fondly known as ‘SPB’ or ‘Balu’ — whose evergreen voice reigned over Indian cinema for more than five decades, passed away here on Friday. hE was admitted to a private hospital last month for Covid-19 treatment.

He was 74 and is survived by his wife Savitri, daughter Pallavi and son SPB Charan, who is also a playback singer and producer.

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Born on June 4, 1946 at Konetammapeta village in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) was the second son in a family of three sons and five daughters. A gifted singer, SPB studied musical notations and learned to play the harmonium and the flute while listening to his father, SP Sambamurthy, an established Harikatha exponent. While his father wanted SPB to become an engineer, destiny had other plans.

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