It was in the year December 2016 that Telangana Today was being launched and exactly in that month, Dr. SP Balasubrahmanyam was celebrating his 50 years in Telugu film industry.
He was on a ‘World Tour’ celebrating the occasion, and when requested for an interview for the launch edition of SundayScape, in spite of being in Dubai for the show, he took time to answer our questions.
And he said, “Thank you for considering me for your launch edition and covering my journey!” That’s the humble SP Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) for us.
Known for his politeness and timely, witty comic punches, SPB always made everyone comfortable in his surroundings. And his memory power is worth mentioning. He would remember each and every incident related to music or a person who is musically inclined.
Not many people know that director ‘Kala Tapaswi’ K Vishwanath, actor Chandramohan and SPB are second cousins. Though they entered the fields on their own strengths, each of them made their own identity. He came to know that they were his cousins much later.
The ‘Kalaimamani’ awardee always said, “I am very proud to be called director Vishwanath’s brother; he has taken the Indian film to an international level and his films will be ever remembered. Chandramohan is a sensitive performer where he created a niche of his own. I admire his movie Siri Siri Muvva a lot, and most of the songs for him are sung by me.”
It’s well-known that SPB came to the film industry without learning music. He always claimed that he knew only A and B still; he didn’t know and had to learn C-Z in music. On one occasion when he was asked about his favourite ragamand genre of song, the four-doctorate honoree said: “I can’t point out one; any pleasing soothing ragam is my favourite.
As commercial cinema has so many genres, after attaining a certain stage, I stopped singing lyrically cheap songs. If you ask me to tell you in a nutshell, I like melancholic songs which are mixed with karuna and shoka rasas. I think they are remembered forever.”
And he has left all of us in his favourite rasa – of melancholic mood – forever! Telugu music will never be the same!
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