This year 2020 is continuing to be the most depressing year in my life, how many lives we have lost across the globe due to this pandemic COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and the latest victim to that nasty disease is our one and only "Paadum Nilaa Balu" a.k.a SPB a.k.a S.P Balasubramaniyam.
When he released a video from the hospital saying that he is getting admitted due to "mild" Covid symptom, I was confident that he will pull through this and will be back on track to enthrall millions of his fans with his golden voice and even till last 2 days, his son SPB Charan posted a video that his dad was doing fine and he has started to take fluid diet, and all of a sudden yesterday we got a news that his situation deteriorated and he is now in a very critical stage, even though I was optimistic that he will pull through, and he does not even have to sing for us, all I wanted him to come out alive and lead a normal life, but unfortunately GOD decided to keep him next to him or probably in his arms so that he can sing to GOD forever. Dr. S.P. Balasubramaniam died on September 25th 2020 at 1:15PM in Chennai MGM Hospital.
His demise has left a huge dent in the music world and there is no one who can replace him, or beat his Guinness records of the only man on earth to have sung 40000+ songs in 16 different languages and singing for almost 5 genrations, starting from (MGR, Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijay-Ajith-Surya) and has sung for some of the legendary music directors like MSV, Ilayaraja, AR Rahman, Laxmikant-Pyaarilal and many more. He was just the change of voice this music world was waiting for, his young charismatic voice suited almost every hero of that era and soon he caught up the limelight and became of the India's best singer, in fact once singer Kumar Sanu said, that SPB is the "villian"for all singers, because he has such versatility and talent that none of us can even match.
I once thought that I can sing like SPB and literally sang almost every song of his, I used to have a huge collection of his songs in 100s of cassettes I have had, he was my room mate when I lived in the US all alone, he was my driving partner when I am going on a long drive, he was one of my family member, daily in the morning he only sings "Lingashtakam", there has never been a single day in my life where I have not heard his songs be it a cinema one or a devotional one. I am sure, his voice is as legendary as M S Subbulakshmi where he will live on with his "Lingashtakam" forever in this world as long as we have temples, his voice is what the GOD listens everyday, and may be that is the reason he took him too soon.
In spite of all the fame, accolades and popularity he has gained, he stayed to his grounds, he was always humble and always warm, a very good human being to have lived in this money-greedy world. People like him only die "physically", but they continue to live on through their voice for 1000s of years.
THANK YOU SO MUCH SIR, FOR ENTERTAINING US FOR 55 LONG YEARS AND GIVING US HAPPINESS EVERYTIME WE HEAR YOU. I AM SO SAD TODAY FOR LOSING YOU TO COVID 19, BUT IN A WAY, YOU CAN BE AT PEACE, NOT HAVE TO LIVE A LIFE IN THE HOSPITAL AND TAKING ALL THE PAIN. ENJOY YOUR STAY IN HEAVEN, AND FOR SURE I AM NOT GOING TO MEET YOU THERE, AS I DID NOT DO ANY GOOD TO FIND A PLACE IN HEAVEN.