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Condolences pour for SP Balasubrahmanyam; Asha Bhosle, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan eulogize legend

The veteran playback singer hailed the doyen's achievements and said his death had left a huge void in the world of music.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Veteran singer Asha Bhosle, as well as South Indian cinema luminaries such as Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi and Mahesh Babu, mourned the demise of legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who died on Friday at the MGM Healthcare hospital in Chennai.

Hailing the doyen's achievements in a statement, Bhosle said the artiste's loss had left a huge void in the world of music. "This year has seen a lot of unfortunate events. And the news of SP Balasubramaniam's demise that I have heard just now makes me even sadder. He was an amazingly versatile artiste. His first songs after South, in Hindi with Lakshmikant Pyarelal were amazing. His duet with Lata didi was very memorable. Balu sang a lot of songs for RD Burman and was his friend. He had helped me a lot with my Tamil pronunciation in my song for Ilayaraja. The loss of such a great artiste has left a huge void in the music world. I wish his soul to rest in peace in this musical journey to be one with the almighty. RIP Balu (sic)," the statement read.

Actor Kamal Haasan, who shared a very long friendship with SPB, as the veteran was popularly known, posted a touching tribute video on Twitter. The veteran wrote, in Tamil, that Balasubrahmanyam's legacy would endure for another seven generations.

A sentimental Rajinikanth highlighted his long association with Balasubrahmanyam: “RIP Balu sir. You have been my voice for many years. Your voice and your memories will live with me forever. I will truly miss you (sic),” he tweeted.

Rajinikanth also shared a video in which he said that SPB’s voice would ring in our ears for a hundred years. "He was loved by people for his humility more than his voice. He respected everyone," the superstar said.

Actor Chiranjeevi hailed the veteran's considerable talents and credited the artiste for his own success. “Darkest day for the world of music. With the passing of the unparalleled musical genius of SP Balu garu, an era has come to an end. Personally, I owe my success greatly to Balu garu’s voice, through the numerous memorable songs he had sung for me (sic),” he tweeted.

Actor Mahesh Babu expressed his inability to come to terms with the sudden passing of the legend. “Unable to process the fact that #SPBalasubramaniam garu is no more. Nothing will ever come close to that soulful voice of his. Rest in peace sir. Your legacy will live on. Heartfelt condolences and strength to the family (sic),” he tweeted.

Ram Charan recalled Balasubrahmanyam's smiling demeanour and offered his condolences to the doyen's family. “I am shocked to learn that our ever smiling SPB garu is no more. This loss to our fraternity is unimaginable. My deepest condolences to his entire family (sic),” he tweeted.

Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar said the artiste's talents were without parallel and termed his passing a great loss. “My heartfelt condolences to the family for this irreparable loss. Your talent is unparalleled, a great loss to the industry and a personal loss as well. You will be missed (sic),” he tweeted.

Balasubrahmanyam had been undergoing treatment at the hospital for over a month after testing positive for COVID-19. Despite showing slight signs of recovery over the last couple of weeks, his health deteriorated on Thursday, According to a statement from the hospital, the veteran suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest and died at 1:04 pm.