Singer-actor S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, who passed away last year following the Novel Coronavirus complications, was conferred the Padma Vibhushan posthumously on the 25th of January.
The recognition came 10 years after the celebrated musician was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards.
In a career spanning over five decades, SPB won six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and 25 Nandi Awards. Balasubrahmanyam was revered by fans across age groups for his unparalleled contribution to Indian music. He held a Guinness World record for singing over 40,000 songs.
Besides singing in movies across 16 languages including Tamil, Telugu Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi, SP Balasubrahmanyam also played significant roles in many films. His major movies include Keladi Kanmani (1990), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Kadhalan (1994) and Ullaasam (1996).
Singer K.S. Cithra, with more than 25,000 tracks across languages to her credit, has been awarded the Padma Bhushan. Ms. Chithra is also an eight-time National Award winner. The singer’s ability to deliver both innocence and maturity, and to ace high notes has set her apart from her contemporaries.
The Padma Shri awardees from the field of arts included Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, Gulfam Ahmed, Rama Swamy Annavarapu, Subbu Arumugam, Bhuri Bai, Radhe Shyam Barle, Biren Kumar Basak, Peter Brook, Gopiram Bargayn Burabhakat, Narayan Debnath, Dulari Devi, Radhe Devi, Wayan Dibia, Parshuram Atmaram, Gangavane, Purnamasi Jani, B. Manjamma Jogati, Maheshbhai & Nareshbhai Kanodia (Posthumous), K Kesavasamy, Ghulam Rasool Khan, Lakha Khan, Sanjida Khatun, Vinayak Vishnu Khedekar, Lajwanti, Ramachandra Manjhi, Dulal Manki, Rewben Mashangva, K K Ramachandra Pulavar, Kanaka Raju, Satyaram Reang, Kartar Paras Ram Singh, Kartar Singh, K C Sivasankar (Posthumous) and Nidumolu Sumathi.