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Legend playback singer P.B.Srinivas passes away

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Apr 14, 2013

The voice of P.B. Srinivas, which rendered immortal hits such as "Roja Malare Rajakumari" and "Mayakamaa Kalakkama", goes silent. Compiled by T. Arvind

Veteran playback singer P. B. Srinivas during a bhajan/ghazal concert, at Vani Mahal, in Chennai. File Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

PBS seen in the erst-while Woodlands Drive-in restaurant in Chennai. The veteran playback singer often visited the restaurant and would have discussions with his friends and fans. File photo: V. Ganesan

PBS was always respected by fellow playback singers. Here, K.J. Yesudas seeks the veteran's blessings during a music concert in Bangalore. Photro: K. Bhagya Prakash

Devika and Gemini Ganesan in " Sumai Thaangi". It was widely believed that Srinivas'gentle voice suited Gemini Ganesan best. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Most of the vintage classics of PBS in Tamil has come from MSV's compositions. Here, both the legends are seen during the third anniversary of in Chennai. File photo: B. Velankanni Raj

In this January 15, 2005 photograph, PBS and P. Susheela are being conferred with the Life Time Achievement Award in Chennai. Photo: R. Ragu

PBS during a meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat in Chennai. File photo: Special Arrangement

Actors Mukyamantri Chandru, Srinath, Rajnikanth, Prakash Raj, Parvathamma Rajkumar and Prabhudeva seen with playback singer P.B Srinivas, during the 75th year celebrations of Kannada cinema at Palace Grounds in Bangalore. File photo: Bhagya Prakash K

A still from the 1962 classic "Nenjil Or Aalayam" directed by C.V. Sridhar. PBS lent his voice for Muthuraman for the evergreen hit "Ninaippadellam Nadanthuvittal" in the film. Photo: The Hindu Photo Library


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CHENNAI, April 14, 2013


P.B. Srinivas (82) was not keeping well for the past few days and breathed his last at his CIT Nagar residence in Chennai.
P.B. Srinivas (82) was not keeping well for the past few days and breathed his last at his CIT Nagar residence in Chennai

He collapsed in the afternoon as he was preparing to have his lunch, family sources said. He was 82.

The lilting bass voice of playback singer Prathivathi Bayangaram Sreenivas, which rendered with equal and mellifluous ease a whole range of human emotions from melancholy to romance and happiness, fell silent on Sunday.

P.B. Sreenivas, or just PBS, who was not keeping well for some time, collapsed in the afternoon as he was preparing to have his lunch, family sources said. He was 82.

He is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter.

Born in Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, the young Sreenivas got to sing a couple of lines in the Hindi film Mr Sampath, which was based on R.K. Narayan's novel in 1952, thanks to his father's friend Eemani Sankara Shastry, who scored the music for the film.

While still struggling to get a toehold in the film industry, his real break came when music director G. Ramanathan gave him a chance to sing playback for Gemini Ganesan in the Tamil film Veerapandiya Kattabomman.

The song was Inbam Pongum Vennila with P. Susheela. Adutha Veettu Pen proved beyond doubt that Sreenivas was going to secure an established place in Tamil film music.

Three songs in the film — Kannaley Pesi Pesi Kollathey, Vanitha Maniye and Maalayil Malarsolaiyil —became super hits. G. Ramanathan gave him another number in Kappalottiya Tamizhan and the song was Bharathi's 'Kaatru Veliyidai Kannamma'.

"But it took some time for him to replace A.M. Raja as a playback singer for Gemini Ganesan, though he rendered many mellifluous songs," said Vamanan, author and Tamil film music historian.

In a condolence message, Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah said Sreenivas had left his rasikas spellbound with his melodious voice, while his devotional songs carried one to the realm of divinity.

Irreparable loss: CM

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said PBS had sung in 12 languages and his voice added further mellifluousness to film songs.

"PBS can also mean Playback Singer. His death is an irreparable personal loss to me and to the film world as a whole," she said.


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Press Release

Hon'ble Minister for Information, Special Programme Implementation conveyed condolence message of the Hon'ble Chief Minister on the sad demise of veteran playback singer Thiru P.B.Srinivas [Press Release No.68]

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பழம்பெரும் பின்னணி பாடகர் பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ் மரணம்... திரை உலகினர் கண்ணீர் அஞ்சலி

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Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:55 [IST]

Playback Singer P B Srinivas Passes Away

சென்னை: பிரபல தமிழ் திரைப்பட பின்னணி பாடகர் பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ் மாரடைப்பால் மரணமடைந்தார் அவருக்கு வயது 83. ஆந்திர மாநிலம் காக்கிநாடாவில் 1930ஆம் ஆண்டு செப்டம்பர் 22ஆம் தேதி பிறந்தவர் பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ். ஜெமினியின் ஹிந்திப் படமான மிஸ்டர் சம்பத் என்ற படத்தில் 1952ல் இந்திப்படத்தில் அறிமுகமானார். அவரது மென்மையான குரல் அவருக்கு பெருவாரியான ரசிகர்களை பெற்றுத் தந்தது. தமிழ் மட்டுமல்லாது, தெலுங்கு, மலையாளம் உள்பட 12 மொழிகளில் பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ் பாடல் பாடியுள்ளார். 

தமிழில் ஜெமினிகணேசனுக்கும், கன்னடத்தில் ராஜ்குமாருக்கும் அதிக அளவில் பாடல்களை பாடியுள்ளார். ஆயிரத்திற்கும் மேற்பட்ட பாடல்கள் பாடியுள்ள பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ்,ரோஜா மலரே ராஜகுமாரி,காலங்களில் அவள் வசந்தம் போன்ற காலத்தால் அழியாத பல பாடல்களைப் பாடியுள்ளார். வயதானதால் பின்னணி பாடாமல் ஒதுங்கியிருந்தார் பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ். இந்த நிலையில் சென்னை சிஐடி நகரில் வசித்து வந்த பி.பி. ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ், ஞாயிறு மதியம் மாரடைப்பால் மரணம் அடைந்ததாக அவரது குடும்பத்தினர் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ் உடலும் திரைஉலக பின்னணி பாடகர்கள் பலரும் கண்ணீர் அஞ்சலி செலுத்தினர். 

ஜெயலலிதா இரங்கல் சி.ஐ.டி. நகரில் உள்ள அவரது வீட்டில் பொதுமக்கள் அஞ்சலிக்காக அவரது உடல் வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. திரையுலகப் பிரமுகர்கள், ரசிகர்கள் உள்ளிட்ட ஏராளமானோர் அவரது உடலுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தி வருகின்றனர். தமிழக அரசு சார்பில் செய்தித் துறை அமைச்சர் ராஜேந்திர பாலாஜி நேரில் அஞ்சலி செலுத்தினார். ஸ்ரீனிவாசின் மறைவுக்கு முதலமைச்சர் ஜெயலலிதா உள்பட பல்வேறு தலைவர்கள் இரங்கல் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். இன்று இறுதிச் சடங்கு நடைபெறும் என பி.பி.ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ் குடும்பத்தினர் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.

English Summary: Veteran playback singer P B Srinivas died on Sunday following a brief illness, family sources said. Srinivas (82) was not keeping well for the past few days and breathed his last at his CIT Nagar residence here, they said.


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April 15, 2013
Playback singer S. Janaki pays her respects at the residence of P.B. Sreenivas on Sunday — Photo: R. Ragu

Playback singer S. Janaki pays her respects at the residence of P.B. Sreenivas on Sunday — Photo: R. Ragu

I have always felt PBS is to Tamil film music, what Rafi is to Hindi music

It was a reality show hosted by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam for aspiring playback singers. One of the participants sang 'Nilave ennidam nerungade', and drew a huge round of applause.

But SPB asked him to sing the 'Kodaiyil orunaal…' stanza once again. And yet again. He was looking for a particular nuance in the line 'Yen kolathil inimel ezhil varumo.' The otherwise competent participant could not achieve that effect.

SPB then told the singer, "Listen to how he (PBS) renders the word kolathil… that effortless glide in the voice is trademark PBS."

Somehow, one never thought of P.B. Sreenivas as someone from an older generation of artistes. He was often spotted in public — either having a cup of coffee at Woodlands Drive-In, which shut some years ago, or at a concert or function at Narada Gana Sabha, or judging a show on television.

His trademark headgear, shiny shawl, a bag full of books and a bunch of papers he held to his chest — made him stand out. When asked to speak at public functions, he would break into a song, usually penned by him for the occasion. That, for many of us, was PBS in the past 10-15 years. He did not let out too much about the phenomenal artiste he was.

My generation of Tamil film music fans grew up on a generous dose of Ilaiyaraja. Whether it was a classical music-based song, a catchy folk tune, an intense melody or a peppy number, his compositions had them all.

Despite that, there was something about the previous era of film music that repeatedly drew one to TMS, PBS and A.M. Raja. The three singers, along with P. Susheela and Jikki, defined a very crucial era in Tamil film music that was to survive the test of time, technological advancement and phenomenal talent that followed them.

The robustness in TMS' voice, the melody-rich timbre in PBS', and the rare finesse in A.M. Raja's, took care of the entire spectrum of music appetite of listeners.

As a fan of film music, I have always felt PBS is to Tamil film music, what Rafi is to Hindi music. Having closely followed the music of his counterparts in other parts of the country, PBS brought in a contemporary flavour to his singing, which not only enhanced the appeal of his songs, but also made them highly fashionable and stylish in that era and for that matter, even now.

My playlist of all-time favourites includes many of his songs such as 'Kaalangalil aval vasantham', 'Mouname paarvaiyal', 'Roja malarae', Paadada paattellam' and 'Ponnundru Kanden'. But there is one song that haunted me for days after the first time I heard it — 'Thennankeetru oonjalile' — penned by writer Jayakanthan. It showed PBS in a new light to me.

'Aathoram manaleduthu', the fantastic PBS-Susheela duet, is also a favourite. In the first instance, it may sound like a simple, cute number to teach children. But PBS packs a lot of emotion in each line of the song. He does so with a clear emphasis on melody, making it one of his most poignant numbers.

When he sang, the singing stood out more than the singer. And that was his biggest success as an artiste. PBS leaves behind a treasure trove of melodies — something fans like me will keep going back to all the time.


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