Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who recently succumbed to complications during coronavirus treatment was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India. The singer has been conferred with the honour posthumously.
While the Padma awardee list was announced late Monday evening, Balu happened to be the only name from the entertainment industry among seven names who are recipients of the second-highest civil honour.
Carnatic singer Chithra has been awarded Padma Bhushan, third highest honour while singer Bombay Jayashri Ramnath has been awarded with Padma Shri.
In a career spanning over five decades, SP Balasubrahmanyam won six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and 25 Nandi Awards in Telugu cinema. It can be noted that the noted singer also holds Guinness World record for singing over 40,000 songs. Chitra, on the other hand, Chithra is also an eight-time National Award winner.