Sept. 25, 2020, 4:31 p.m.
New Delhi: Several National award-winning singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on Friday at MGM Health Care hospital in Chennai. He was hospitalized since 5 August after testing positive for coronavirus infection.
Tributes came from all over the political diapason after the death of Padma Shri awardee singer with several political leaders mourning India’s loss of cultural voice.
“With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer. 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 said in a tweet.
“My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr SP Balasubrahmanyam. His songs touched millions of hearts in many languages. His voice will live on,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Tweet from Ramnath Kovind said “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”.
His son, SP Charan, in a statement, said. “S B belongs to everyone. He will live on in his songs. My dad passed away at 1.04 pm,”.
Last week, Charan had said that his father was showing signs of recovery. He confirmed he even tested negative for the coronavirus.
Charan had tweeted “Dad is stable and is continuing physio. Ecmo and ventilator continue to be on but hopefully for not long. Thanks to the team of doctors from #MGMHealthcare and all of you who have been praying for him.”
“We were expecting dad’s lungs to improve, as they were, to a certain point where we could remove the ventilator. Unfortunately, we are still not at that. But the good news is dad is COVID negative,” Charan said in a video note.