Exclusive! Sona Mohapatra on SP Balasubrahmanyam’s demise: His vocal acting prowess was as impeccable and legendary as his singing

SP Balasubrahmanyam breathed his last today at a Chennai hospital after a long battle with COVID-19. The legendary singer has left behind a void that cannot be filled and the music industry is beyond shocked. Talking exclusively to ETimes, Sona Mohapatra said, “I heard him singing for the first time when I was nine-years-old. ‘Shankarabharanam’ was the soundtrack and his rendition in the title track made me fall in love with the Carnatic School of Music. His voice acting prowess was as impeccable and legendary as his singing. The world has lost an artist who will remain in our hearts and inspire us for many lifetimes.”

The iconic singer had reportedly shown mild symptoms of Covid-19 in August, and despite being advised home quarantine, had chosen to be admitted to the hospital for the health of his family. SPB had also posted a video on his official Facebook page at the time, stating that he had chest congestion for a few days, along with cold and fever.

About two weeks later although he tested negative for COVID-19, he was put on the ECMO support, a heart-lung assistance machine, after he had suffered a setback in his health.

The iconic singer has sung over 40,000 songs in as many as 16 languages including Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi.