Tearful adieu to legendary singer SP Balasubramaniyam

South India

Ignoring the appeals of the police, thousands thronged the farm house for a last glimpse of the legendary singer, music composer and actor 


Legendary singer, actor and music composer SP Balasubrahmanyam was laid to rest with full state honours near the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai on Saturday, September 26.

Hailed as "singing moon" and "music cloud" by his millions of fans was laid to rest at his farm house at Tamaraipakkam in nearby Tiruvallur district with a 24-gun salute by Tamil Nadu police. After the singer's son S P Charan performed the funeral rites amid Vedic chants by priests, 24 police personnel gave a gun salute and later the body was lowered into a deep pit and buried.

With policemen marching along, the body was brought on a bier to the designated burial spot from an enclosure earmarked for people to pay homage and perform rituals. Tamil superstar ‘Thalapathy’ Vijay was among the film industry personalities who attended the funeral and consoled SP Charan and other family members.

Despite appeals by the Thiruvallur police, the farm house teemed with his fans, well-wishers and celebrities for the funeral and about 500 police personnel were deployed to regulate crowd. Only close family members and well-wishers besides important film industry personalities were allowed inside in funeral pyre due to COVID-19 guidelines.

The singer, praised as "Padum Nila" (singing moon) and "Isai Megam" (music cloud) by his fans for his mellifluous voice tested positive for coronavirus and admitted to MGM Healthcare here on August 5 and he died on Friday.

The SPB family also altered their original plans and shifted his mortal remains to the farmhouse on Friday night itself to avoid public crowding and traffic inconvenience on Saturday. It was originally planned to keep his body at Satyam Theatre on Saturday morning before embarking on his last journey to the farmhouse.

SPB is survived by his wife Savitri, daughter Pallavi, and son SP Charan.

Image Credit: English Sakshi


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