Celebrities, fans, public pay tributes to ‘Paadum Nila’

Chennai: Film personalities, musicians and people from all walks of lives paid rich tributes to playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam who passed away today. Consoling his demise, AR Rahman tweeted, ‘Devasted’. He put out a picture of himself with SPB.

Speaking about SPB, actress Radhika who acted as his heroine in Keladi Kanmani, said, “He is such a good human being. I thoroughly enjoyed my days with him. We all prayed that he would be back soon. Unfortunately he passed away”.

Playback singer Hariharan, said, “We call him Anna. A mentor. He inspired us a lot. Over five decades of singing. He would teach us a lot on nuances of singing. We will miss him a lot”.

Recalling his association with SPB, singer Srinivas, said, “He is a thorough professional. He was down-to-earth and professional. We had several pleasant moments with him.”

Shocked at his demise was filmmaker Manobala,. He said, “We know each other well for several decades. Lost my good friend. Iam lost for words”.

Filmmaker Vasanth who helmed SPB starrer “Keladi Kanmani”, said, “He is a phenomenal actor. Though he was a busy singer, he managed to turn up for shootings. He gave his best and kept the set in good spirits”.

Popular cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted, “Sadly we have to say goodbye to #SPBalasubramanyam garu. But he has left behind such a great library to savour.”

Actress Gautami tweeted, “Some losses can’t be expressed in words…Shri SPB garu was & will always remain an Eternal Legend & an Icon-inspiring generations…50yrs of his unique, God-given gift is still too short a time for this world. He has gone too soon.”

Carnatc vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam said, “The greatest! Thank you sir for everything”.


NT Bureau