Earlier this month, the singer's film-maker-son SP Charan had said that his father had tested negative for Covid-19 but continues to be on ventilator.
He had been hospitalised with “mild” symptoms of Covid-19 almost two months ago. He had shared the news in a video post on Facebook.
The 74-year-old sang over 40,000 songs in a career spanning nearly 55 years. The news led to an outpour of tributes and condolences on social media.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "our cultural world is a lot poorer" with the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam.
"A household name across India, his melodious voice and music enthralled audiences for decades. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with his family and admirers. Om Shanti," PM Modi tweeted.
With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer. A household name acros… https://t.co/YNsipDZ3M8— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1601024759000
President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter to offer condolences, writing, "In the passing of music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam Indian music has lost one of its most melodious voices. Called ‘Paadum Nila' or ‘Singing Moon’ by his countless fans, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan and many National Awards. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers."
In the passing of music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam Indian music has lost one of its most melodious voices. Called ‘… https://t.co/MIlNo9MtRW— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1601024065000
Home Minister Amit Shah in his tribute said, "He will forever remain in our memories through his melodious voice & unparalleled music compositions."
Deeply saddened by the passing away of legendary musician and playback singer Padma Bhushan, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam… https://t.co/DqFGDnbRDB— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) 1601022356000
Minister or Railways Piyush Goyal said, "His melodious voice will live on through his songs."
Saddened at unfortunate demise of legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. The Padma Bhushan awardee has made lastin… https://t.co/C4UIpYyBvs— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) 1601022687000
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to share a video of pictures with the icon.
அன்னைய்யா S.P.B அவர்களின் குரலின் நிழல் பதிப்பாக பல காலம் வாழ்ந்தது எனக்கு வாய்த்த பேறு. ஏழு தலைமுறைக்கும் அவர்… https://t.co/oQA2xE1jOq— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) 1601021793000
Haasan's daughter Shruti in a tweet thanked him "for your artistry and your kind words."
Deeply saddened by the loss of #SPBalasubramaniam sir.. thankyou for your artistry and your kind words.may the hal… https://t.co/xe81VojGbm— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) 1601022351000
"May the halls of heaven be filled with your resplendent voice. You were family and the loss is heartbreaking," she added.
AR Rahman, Mahesh Babu, cricketer R Ashhwin also paid tribute to the legend.
#ripspb ...Devastated https://t.co/EO55pd648u— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) 1601021521000
Unable to process the fact that #SPBalasubramaniam garu is no more. Nothing will ever come close to that soulful vo… https://t.co/uaS89Uiy9Y— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) 1601021830000
Omg!! This year just gets worse by the day! #SPBalasubramaniam #RIP— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) 1601022401000
South star Dhanush said, "the voice which will echo in everyone’s house forever, a family member in every household. Ur voice and U will continue to live with us for generations to come."
Rip SPB sir 💔💔the voice which will echo in everyone’s house forever, a family member in every household. Ur voice a… https://t.co/hCGZVywejz— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) 1601022738000
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18 Comments on this Story
Gopalakrishnan Ramaswamy28 days ago
It was in the year 2008,I was waiting in the lounge of Sanfrancisco airport,USA with my family to board a Singapore airlines flight bound for Chenna.shri
SPB,his sister Mrs.Shailaja ,play back singer Shrinivas and the entire troupe was waiting in the same lounge to board a flight for NewYork,it seemed.I could not recognise shri SPB at first,but brooding over for a while,I could come to know who he was.Immediately I rushed to him to greet and introduced me myself to him.He was pleased and with all his smile,he hugged me so affectionately.He then put his left hand around my neck and posed for my son who clicked the camera.It was a golden and thrilling moment for me which I very often use to chrish.He was so simple and kind,despite his growing popularity.His mellifluous gentle voice won the hearts of crores of music lovers.Moreover,his spiritual inclination served as an added advantage for his upliftment in is career and to rule the roost in the film industry.His musical verve catapulted him to fame.All his songs will immortalise him,no doubt in it.May his soul rest in peace.
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Ramesh R30 days ago
You were a part of entire life. What I remember most is your simple and humble approach and your respect for the people who guided through your career. Your songs gained you fame but your respect and humble approach made that last forever. Our prayers to your family.