The last rites of legendary singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, who passed away in Chennai Friday afternoon, happened at his farm house at Thamaraipakkam near Red Hills in Thiruvallur district today.
Last night, when his mortal remains were taken from Chennai to Thamaraipakkam, people paid tributes to him all the way by gathering in large numbers.
Leaders from across the country, including President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paid rich tributes to SPB, while Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced police honours to the great singer.
In a statement, he said SPB has find a place in the hearts of the people not only in Tamilnadu, but also in India. “To add glory to his fame, the body of SPB will be laid to rest with full police honours”, the CM added.
President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: “In the passing of music legend SP Balasubrahmanyam Indian music has lost one of its most melodious voices. Called ‘Paadum Nila’ or ‘Singing Moon’ by his countless fans, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan and many National Awards. Condolences to his family, friends and admirers.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “With the unfortunate demise of Shri SP Balasubrahmanyam, our cultural world is a lot poorer. A household name across India, his melodious voice and music enthralled audiences for decades. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, maestro Ilayaraja and people from various walks of life paid tributes to SPB.