Tribute to a golden voice
Artistes paid tribute to S.P. Balasubrahmanyam.
S.P. B. with one of the aspiring singers.
Organisations these days are concentrating more on presenting songs from the album of a particular music director or of a particular playback singer. Last year, at the Thyagaraya Gana Sabha, Vamsee Art Theatres had held a a fifty day long music fest solely on Ghantasala's songs rendered by amateur singers specialisingin Ghantasala, almost mimicking his voice and adapting comfortable style of rendition. Now the organisation presented at the same venue a weeklong ‘Swara Raga Saptaham' featuring S. P. Balasubrahmanyam's songs. However, when it comes to S.P. the story varies, for his malleable voice with all its wonderful ghamakas is not that easy for singers to imitate with the same crispness.
Yet some of them succeeded in rendering them well.
The stage was superbly decorated. The organisers claimed that the singers rendered 455 songs of Balu, sans repetitions composed by 50 music directors.
These statistics apart, the reality was the enthusiasm these singers displayed in practicing for days, for a fruitful presentation. On one of the days, Balu too appeared on stage and rendered a soulful song from the film Ekaveera, written by Dr. C. Narayana Reddi. Balu then advised the singers to always try to improve the rendition of a song over what they sang the same yesterday. This was the key for perfection, he implored. Interestingly, the musical week was opened with a song that launched Balu's career in playback singing from the film Maryada Ramanna, scored by S. P. Kodandapani. . Vinod Babu, Ramana, A.Kanna Rao, Mani Sastry, Geethanjali were notable voices.
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