Legendary singer SP Balasubramanyam, who had tested positive for Covid-19 , passed away today at the age of 74. He was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chennai and was admitted there on August 5 after he showed mild Covid-19 symptoms.
In 1981, he recorded 21 songs on a single day, a record that hasn't been broken yet (and might not be ever), which is a testament to his prolific singing career. SPB, who made his singing debut in 1966 with the Telugu film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, was the most prolific singer the country has ever seen. The veteran singer has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages and holds the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer. He has won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer six times, the Filmfare Award seven times for his work across many industries, the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards four times, the Government of Andhra Pradesh's Nandi Awards 25 times, and the Karnataka State Film Awards three times.
He was also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan (2011) and Padmashri (2001) from the Government of India. He is survived by his wife Savithri and two children - daughter Pallavi and son SP Charan.
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