Actor Kamal Haasan has thanked Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, who had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to confer the Bharat Ratna upon singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. Kamal wrote on his social media page, “Thank you Honourable CM of Andhra Pradesh. @AndhraPradeshCM. The honour you seek for our brother Shri.S.P.Balasubramaniam is a sentiment which true fans of his voice will echo, not only in Tamilnadu but throughout the whole nation.” (sic)
Jagan Mohan Reddy had stated that the centre should consider his achievements in the field of music. “As a tribute to the legendary singer for his outstanding contribution in the field of music and art, I request you to confer Bharat Ratna award upon him. This will be the highest recognition to his remarkable work which has lasted for 5 decades and stays in our memory forever.” SPB was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2011.