“And so, dear friends, you’ll just have to carry on”: John Lennon, ‘God’.
There are times when we take certain things for granted and assume that they will be a part of our lives forever. For many South Indians, SP Balasubrahmanyam, the legendary playback singer, was certainly one of those things.
SPB, as he was fondly called, died on Friday in Chennai. He had tested positive for Covid-19 on August 5. Despite eventually testing negative for the virus, he had remained in hospital because of poor health.
Balasubrahmanyam had been such a constant presence in the lives of the people of southern states for over 50 years that even the mere thought of a time without him would have struck many as absurd. The credit goes to the consistency he displayed through his long career. In the over 40,000 songs he sang, he became the voice of different generations of actors and music…