S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Tribute Special curated by The Incredible Kid

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Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:00pm to Sat, 11/07/2020 - 12:00am
A tribute to one of the most popular Indian singers of all time.

One of the most popular singers in the world passed away in September due to Covid-related illness, and while billions mourned the loss, billions more have yet to be introduced to the man's music. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was an Indian musician, singer, music director, dubbing artist and film producer who recorded more than 40,000 songs in 16 languages over a career that stretched from 1966 until his death in 2020. His prolificness was matched by his many awards including six Indian National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer in four different languages. He achieved extraordinary popularity that necessitated him flying back and forth from his home in Chennai to record as many as 19 songs in a different city before flying home for the evening.

In the United States his music has only been released in the mainstream on compilations of the work of music producers he recorded for such as Vijaya Anand and Ilaiyaraaja. In 1992 David Byrne's Luaka Bop label releasead Dance Raja Dance marketed as a guide to the music of Vijaya Anand, but featuring songs song almost exclusively by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and compilations with names like Fire Star and Solla Solla marketed as the music of Ilaiyaraaja feature many S.P. Balasubrahmanyam songs as well. Before hitting the big time in playback singing, S. P. Balu (as he was affectionately named) actually toured South India in a band that featured Ilaiyaraaja on guitar and harmonium along with Ilaiyaraaja's younger brother Gangai Amaran who also became a music producer. You will hear music from all of them on this special.

While S.P. Balu was not classically trained, the music producers he worked with insisted he record numbers in the South Indian Carnatic classical style and after overcoming his initial trepidation and entering the vocal booth, many of the Carnatic style film songs he sang became massively popular. This two-hour S.P. Balasubrahmanyam special curated and hosted by The Incredible Kid is only able to offer the briefest glimpses into the staggeringly large discography of one of the absolute giants of Indian popular music.

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  • Time
    10:00
    Artist
    S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & Chorus
    Song
    Ilamai Edho Edho
    Album
    Sakalakala Vallavan OST
    Label
  • Time
    10:07
    Artist
    S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. Janaki
    Song
    Padaharella Vayasu
    Album
    Trinetrudu OST
    Label
  • Time
    10:12
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Snow Reeta
    Album
    Vasantham Paadi Vara Vol -1 To 4
    Label
    Inreco
  • Time
    10:17
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Yennadi Meenakshi
    Album
    Elamai Oonjalaadugiradhu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP
    Label
    Saregama
  • Time
    10:21
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    What A Waiting
    Album
    Andamaina Anubhavam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label
    Saregama
  • Time
    10:25
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Oruvan Oruvan Mudhalali
    Album
    Muthu OST
    Label
  • Time
    10:31
    Artist
    S.P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. Janaki
    Song
    Akkam Pakkam
    Album
    Pudhupaadagan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label
  • Time
    10:36
    Artist
    Lata Mangeshkar, Raamlaxman & S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Deewana Dil Bin Sajna Ke Maane Na
    Album
    Patthar Ke Phool OST
    Label
  • Time
    10:45
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Neeve Nanna
    Album
    Dance Raja Dance (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP
    Label
    T-Series
  • Time
    10:49
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    En Ninaivuthane
    Album
    Paadum Vanampadi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label
    Saregama
  • Time
    10:56
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Geetha Madhuri
    Song
    Yaevaindho
    Album
    Balupu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label
    Junglee Music
  • Time
    11:02
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. Janaki
    Song
    Kontegadni Kattuko
    Album
    Gentleman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label
    T-Series
  • Time
    11:07
    Artist
    S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, Dr.Kalyan
    Song
    Appappa Thithikkum Un
    Album
    Japanil Kalyanaraman OSR
    Label
  • Time
    11:11
    Artist
    Pooranee, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. P. Sailaja
    Song
    Adi Ennoda Vaadi
    Album
    Oru Vidukathai Oru Thodarkathai (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Single
    Label
    Saregama
  • Time
    11:16
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Dhinam Dhinam
    Album
    Thangaikkor Geetham (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label
    Saregama
  • Time
    11:20
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. P. Sailaja
    Song
    Degam Pattu Sirikum Mottu
    Album
    Sattam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP
    Label
    Saregama
  • Time
    11:28
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. P. Sailaja
    Song
    Vedam Anuvanuvuna
    Album
    Sagara Sangamam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Label
  • Time
    11:33
    Artist
    K. J. Yesudas & S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Swarnameeninte
    Album
    Sarppam OST
    Label
  • Time
    11:40
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
    Song
    Yeena Venum Thinnungada doi
    Album
    Uyarndha Ullam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP
    Label
    Kosmik
  • Time
    11:45
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & S. Janaki
    Song
    Moham Thagam Vandhu
    Album
    Uyirullavarai Usha (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP
    Label
    Kosmik Music
  • Time
    11:50
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & Vani Jayaram
    Song
    Ammamma Saranam
    Album
    Sattam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP
    Label
    Saregama
  • Time
    11:55
    Artist
    S. P. Balasubrahmanyam & M. S. Viswanathan
    Song
    Unnakkenna Melae
    Album
    Simla Special (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP
    Label

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