I owe it all to my lyricists : Balu
Melody king S P Balasubrahmanyam was feted in a memorable way at a glittering function organized here on Friday marking the 48th year of his musical...
Melody king S P Balasubrahmanyam was feted in a memorable way at a glittering function organized here on Friday marking the 48th year of his musical journey. A The felicitation was organized by the Hyderabad Media House, promoter of HMTV and The Hans India, as part of the "Jai Telugu and Jai Jai Telugu" a weekly show being telecast by the HMTV highlighting the glory and richness of the Telugu language. Former Union Minister and director, Dasarai Narayana Rao presided over the function and Mandali Budha Prasad, chairman of the Official Languages Commission was the chief Guest. Well -known dialogue writer, Paruchuri Gopala Krishna was the special guest.
A host of dignitaries including the Chairman of Kapil Group and the Hyderabad Media House, K Vaman Rao, and prominent film personalities were present to honour the celebrated singer amid chanting of Vedic hymns. Overwhelmed by the praise heaped on him by the speakers, the legendary singer attributed his success mainly to the great lyricists of Telugu cinema. "But for their songs, I would not have sustained in the industry for so long. "No music or song would be everlasting without the lyric.
"Several people out of their ignorance say that music gives life to lyric. It's not correct. Poets, writers penned great songs and musicians had only popularized them with the music." A In my personal opinion, language is supreme and everlasting" he felt. Expressing anguish that the present generation has a cynical and lenient view for the language, Balu advised them to understand the lyric and feel it before presenting it.
"I was popular in Kannada for the simple reason that I could understand and feel Kannada language equal or better than any general Kannadiga. Quite impressed by my knowledge and grip over their languages, Kannadigas have adopted me as their son.
That's why I often said if at all there's any rebirth, I would like to be born in Karnataka. Here, I wish to say that every singer and music director shall comprehend the language of the song he is going to sing or compose," he said. Lamenting that melody takes a back seat now, Balu said -" Lyric and music was badly battered in the name of technology. More than 250 tracks are now being used. But what to do with the technology if only sound tracks are audible and the lyric is not heard"? Calling Balu his brother, Dasari Naryana Rao recalled that both of them started their film career almost at the same time. Balu was a great artist than a singer becauseA he mastered every job he did, he quipped.
He observed that it would be a big pity if the singer did not bag the best actor award for his amazing performance in Mithunam movie. Dasari observed that Balu's greatness lies in the fact that he wooed even the Tamil audiences, who were known to be very choosy when it comes to accepting singers from other film industry. He used to modulate his voice and sing with aplomb for both NT Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageshwara Rao. Balu lending his voice for songs in M G Ramachandran's Tamil movies was also well received by the film lovers in that State, he added.
Welcoming the gathering, K Ramachandra Murthy, Editor-in-Chief of HMTV and The Hans India, said that Hyderabad Media House owned news channel was airing various programmes such as 'Vandhella Kathaku Vandanalu and Jai Telugu-Jai Jai Telugu' highlighting the Telugu language for the last few years.A "These programmes presented us with an opportunity to not only interview many Telugu literary greats but also share their rich experiences with our viewers" he said.
Official Language Commission chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad, who was the chief guest said Balu could easily win the hearts of not only the Telugu audiences, but even Tamils and Kannadigas alike. Popular dialogue writer Paruchuri Gopalakrishna, whoi was the special guest of the evening compared Balu's singing to voice of Nightingale, which would be soothing to ears always.
When Balu was a bit embarrassed
Hyderabad: Speaker after speaker exalted Balu to the sky for his magnificent contribution to cine music at a function organised by The Hans India and HMTV for felicitating him on Friday. Overwhelmed by their words, Balu said he was humbled further.
"I remember famous director Bapu once saying that the greatest difficulty in a public meeting is to sit for hours together to hear somebody eulogize you. I felt the same. I thought to pay my respects to many poets who assembled here at one place. But it turned out to be an anti-climax" he remarked. Stating that he did not read classic works of Telugu litterateurs, Balu said he has immense love for Telugu language.
Walking down the memory lane, Balu said: " Gone are the days when recording theatres were like marriage halls. Singers, poets, technicians, directors, all of us, congregate at the studio and used to share many things. If there is any mistake or improvement, it was discussed by one and all. Such a scenario is not seen now. Singers are coming to studios lonely, giving their voice to the track and going off. It is as if they sing in a burial ground," he said.
Lambasting the modern trends, Balu said: "Unfortunately there are producers who evince keen interest in getting erotic poetry. If they are so interested in such a poetry and music, why do they actually need a poet?" he asked. It is hard to get directors like K Vishwanath, Raghavendra Rao," he added.