Guwahati: Legendary Singer S P Balasubrahmanyam’s funeral was held at his Red Hills farmhouse in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, some 50 km from Chennai, with complete police honours.
The singer, whose voice enchanted Indian cinema and music lovers over the last fifty years, was honoured with a 72-gun salute by the Tamil Nadu police. S P Balasubrahmanyam died at a Chennai hospital on Friday afternoon. He was 74.
Actor Vijay paid his last respects to the legendary singer – he consoled SPB’s son S P Charan with folded hands and a hug.
S P Balasubrahmanyam was the voice of actor Vijay in songs such as Oru Kaditham, Enna Azhagu and Azhagooril.
Veteran director Bharathiraja, who was also at the hospital last evening, attended the funeral and so did singer Mano. Music composer Devi Sri Prasad and comedian Mayilsami were also part of S P Balasubrahmanyam’s funeral.
A number of politicians were spotted at S P Balasubrahmanyam’s last rites – AIADMK leader D Jayakumar, Andhra Pradesh Irrigation Minister Anil Kumar Yadav and Tamil Languages And Culture Minister Pandiarajan attended.
Although the district police had initially denied permission for public homage citing COVID-19 risk, they lifted the restriction. Thousands of fans and mourners flocked outside the Red Hills Farmhouse to bid a final farewell to SPB.
S P Balasubrahmanyam is survived by his wife Savitri, daughter Pallavi, and son S P Charan, who is a producer and a singer.
S P Balasubrahmanyam was admitted to Chennai hospital MGM healthcare for COVID-19 on August 5 and died of a cardiac arrest on September 25.