The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday requested the Center to honor Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, to noted playback singer SP Balasubramanian, who died in Chennai on Friday due to Kovid-19 complications.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recommending the name of Balasubramanian, popularly known as SPB, for the country’s highest civilian award.
Jagan said that Andhra Pradesh is the birthplace of the legendary singer, Jagan said that the untimely demise of SPB has caused great harm to millions of fans and international music fraternity across the country.
Jagan said, “He has a profound influence on the immense popularity of SPB and 50 years of legacy in the global music industry.
The Chief Minister said that SPB’s achievements are beyond music and he has taken compositions to lofty levels. He has sung over 40,000 tracks in his mother tongue Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi and has won countless awards including six National Film Awards, 25 Nandi Awards from Andhra Pradesh and many more. He was the recipient of Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the Government of India.
He reminded the Center that in the past, musicians such as Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupen Hazarika, MS Subbulakshmi, Bismillah Khan and Bhimsen Joshi were awarded the Bharat Ratna Award by the Government of India.
“As a tribute to the famous singer for his outstanding contribution in the field of music and arts, I request you to confer Bharat Ratna on SPB. Jagan said that it would be a recognition of his remarkable work which lasted for 5 decades and will remain in our memory forever.
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