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Monday, April 22, 2013

Singing legend P.B.Sreenivos no more


India Pundit records with inconsolable sorrow and deep regret that Sri. P.B. Sreenivos, the phenomenal South Indian vocal legend is no more with us. His singing career spanned 61 years, in its own right celebrating a Shashtiabdapoorthi. This 82 year old legend born on September 22, 1930, experienced breathing difficulties days before his sudden and shocking demise due to heart attack. Sreenivos was laid to rest on 14 April 2013, the start of the Vijaya Samvathsaram. What a timing to leave to that eternal abode where his eternally lilting songs (many of which are devotional albums) will be heard for eternity by The Eternity himself.

Prathivadi Bhayankara Sreenivos actually stood up to his family title. He could give any other competing, competent singer a run for his/her money. This multilingual polyglot could speak, read, compose and sing in many Indian languages. Active and agile till the end, he easily belied his age. You could meet with him at siesta time in his favorite haunt, the Woodlands Drive-in restaurant in Chennai. His head would usually be up in the clouds as he would be scribbling a new song and setting it to tune himself. My mother told me yesterday that he once conducted Sernthisai which is All India Radio Tamil Choir Music, setting to tune my mother's lyrics. A very simple, modest and humble man, he always left an everlasting impression on whomsoever was lucky enough to meet this legend with his characteristic unassuming smile and affable, mild-mannered disposition. No wonder he was always the ready choice for all national and international programs on Music, specially film music.

Walk down your memory lane with PBS sir, viewing the slideshow PBS NO MORE, courtesy of THE HINDU Newspaper.
Awards Won:
  • The highest award of Karnataka State, the prestigious Kannada Rajyothsava Award awarded by the Chief Minister of the state.
  • The Tamil Nadu state's honorary Kalaimamani Award.
  • Dr Rajkumar Souhardha award given by the super star's family.
Celebrity Tributes:
  • Legendary singer S. Janaki said, His songs were imbued with melody and lot of emotions. We sang many duets together in Kannada and Telugu. As a singer he was a good teacher who believed in quality singing. His humility was what drew people to him. His death has left a vacuum in the industry. I have lost a good family friend and a great colleague.
  • Top most lyricist and Film Maker Yograj Bhat said, He had a devotional voice, that also had an intimate tinge to it. His songs made every one feel that he was next to them whenever they heard them.
  • Veteran director Rajendra Singh Babu said, He was a simple man who never aspired for money. He has sung for my father Shankar Singh’s Dharmasthala Mahathme in 1963. After the recording, father would ask us to give the envelope with money, but he never checked how much money it had. A great personality he was.
  • Kannada Super Star Ramesh Aravind was among the first to post on a social networking site, RIP PBS sir. Last saw him singing joyously in a restaurant in chennai with his fan.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (at the time of the demise) Jayalalithaa said, Sreenivas had sung in 12 languages and bagged various state government awards. All his songs are evergreen and songs like Mayakkama Kalakkama, Nilavuku En Mel Ennadi Kobam, occupy a special place in his fans’ hearts even today. The name PBS was synonymous with Play Back Singing. His loss is not just for the film and music industry but to me also. None can fill his place.
A video of the coverage on this vocalist par excellence and a jukebox of his everlasting songs for your listening pleasure:

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