S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, one of India’s most iconic vocalists, died last year from Covid-19, leaving behind many mourning hearts and beautiful memories. Balasubrahmanyam was a brilliant performer best known for his collaborations with music composers Ilaiyaraaja and A.R. Rahman, among others. He has sung over 40,000 songs in 16 languages.
1. Hum Bane Tum Bane (Ek Duuje Ke Liye): SPB’s debut Hindi-language film catapulted him to national prominence. People who had never heard him sing before were captivated by his youthful energy and flawless melody, which is best exemplified by the title tune.
2. Saathiya Yeh Tune Kya Kiya (Love): SPB’s debut Hindi-language film catapulted him to national prominence. People who had never heard him sing before were captivated by his youthful energy and flawless melody, which is best exemplified by the title tune.
3. Roja Jaaneman (Roja): Roja, the film that launched SPB and Rahman’s collaboration, also displayed S. P. Balasubrahmanyam’s vocal range.
4. Ye Haseen Waadiyan (Roja): Yeh Haseen Waadiyan is another gorgeous song from the film, and it’s the kind of music you get lost in. Balasubrahmanyam, who performed this song frequently in live concerts, produced a kind of magic that no one else can match.
5. Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate (Maine Pyar Kiya): It’s difficult to pick just one song from the film that proved, once and for all, that no other singer could sing about love with the same level of consistency and freshness as SPB.
6. Mere Rang Mein Rangne Waali (Maine Pyar Kiya): Even a longtime skeptic may be swept into a realm of love and romance by the power of SPB’s voice. Balasubrahmanyam sang from the heart, as Mere Rang Mein demonstrated, and thereby reached millions.
7. Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai (Hum Aapke Hain Kaun): Salman-SPB had become the ‘hit jodi’ by the time Hum Aapke Hain Koun came up, thanks to the many lovely melodies that made us fall in love with his voice. Because S. P. Balasubrahmanyam crooned the phrases off-screen practically every time Salman wooed a woman on-screen.
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