This was way back in 2001 during my stint in ETV at Ramoji Movie City (my initial job) that I got a possibility to fulfill the legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. He would frequent RFC in Hyderabad for the famed Telugu music actuality display Paadutha Teeyaga and on a person these kinds of occasion, I went to view him sing.
In amongst photographs, I took place to fulfill his manager and requested him if I could meet SPB. The supervisor reported SPB hates distractions at perform. Then I requested him if I could get an job interview with him. The supervisor shared his variety and asked me to call him. I known as him a couple of times later and he said SPB experienced left for Chennai but will be again quickly and he would advise me. I gave up imagining this was another celebrity chasing workout. A great deal to my surprise only a 7 days later, I get a call from 1 Mr Shastry who states “You wanted to interview SPB?
Me: Of course
Shastry. Can you converse Telugu?
Me: No. But SPB knows English?
Shastry: (Laughs) Of training course, he can talk much more languages than you do.
Me: (Heaving a sigh of reduction), Wonderful. So when is he coming down to RFC future?
Shastry: Woman, you have to come down with your camera crew and queries to this put (and he shares the tackle) some position in close proximity to Srinagar colony Hyderabad.
Me: (I could not contain my pleasure and ask) when?
Shastry: Feb fourteen
Me: Done and what time would that be?
Shastry: Be below at sharp 8am due to the fact sir has a assembly followed by shoots at Sarathi studio following that
I rapidly hung up and hold out for the working day with butterflies in my abdomen. I satisfy my very first manager Joel Samuel who can take a appear at my questions and adds his own too.
On Feb 14, I am waiting around for the organization vehicle and the lensman to present up and he is late. I am furious and nervous all at the very same time. But I attempt to quiet myself and eventually we access SPB’s condominium 50 % hour later on than the scheduled time.
SPB is waiting for me. And I put together myself to facial area the new music. I incredibly sheepishly apologise devoid of producing it audio like an excuse. But to my utter disbelief, SPB claims it is all right ma. I have a meeting with my auditor at 10am. And I do not want to hurry by means of. “I understand, sir,” I say.
Then I check with the cameraman to established everything up and resolve the frame. But I am nevertheless nervous and dread that SPB will just say we cannot do it. In its place, sensing my anxiety, he asks me, “Did you try to eat something?”
Me: No sir
SPB: Then have some breakfast very first
Me: That’s alright sir I am not hungry
SPB: I can see how drained you are. Concern not, This is my household and I am not heading away everywhere. I will retain my word and give you the job interview. Eat properly and then we shall start off.
I reluctantly sit down at the desk. SPB will get a plate for me and destinations it on the desk and asks me, what is actually your favourite breakfast?
SPB: This is the first time I have listened to any person say that
Me: My mother is a fantastic prepare dinner. Anyone who eats the upma she can make will get started liking it
SPB: I am guaranteed. All moms are. My mother far too (he presents his signature ear to ear smile)
There is a tiffin carrier with a whole lot of meals on the desk and SPB places a spoonful of Upma into my plate and suggests, ‘No want to hurry, take in as a great deal as you want and make certain you try out every thing below. They are delightful.” to which I nod.
SPB: Are you a Telugu?
Me: No sir. I am a Kannadiga.
Then he switches to Kannada and suggests I attempt Pesarattu, a Telugu specialty
That was the initially time I ate Pesarattu.
He waits patiently for me to end my breakfast and then claims, shall we start?
That is SPB FOR YOU! He was a star singer, the most sought right after in the industry with a hectic routine but he is so grounded. I was bowled in excess of by his humility and down-to-earth character.
SPB commences with his Shankarabharanam times and then talks about how he broke into Bollywood. He pretty much employs the phrase ‘break’ simply because even to this working day South Indians are designed pleasurable of for their Hindi accent and pronunciation.
SPB stated that even nevertheless he tried out his best not to enable the mom tongue impact demonstrate, there had been moments when he would be instructed at the recording studios that it is straightforward for music fans to know that the singer is not a North Indian.
But we all know far better than to think that. SP Balasubrahmanyam sir has breathed existence into some of the finest Hindi numbers, notably for Salman Khan. ‘Tere Mere Beech main’ for Kamal in Ek Duje Ke Liye, Pehla Pehla Pyar hai for Salman Khan..the checklist goes on.
I remember SPB telling me that while he joined engineering system his love was for songs as he was impressed by Md Rafi. He suggests, when I would cycle to my college I would hear Rafi tracks actively playing on the radio and that would deliver tears to my eyes. ‘Such is the influence of excellent tunes and excellent singers,’ he explained.
Nowadays, millions of SPB fans which include me couldn’t concur more. There are a number of events when tears welled up my eyes when I read his music. I questioned him to sing a single of Rafi tunes and he sings “Deewana hua badal” from Shammi Kapoor’s Kashmiri Ki Kali. To this working day, whenever I hear the music I can only consider how SPB experienced sung the music in his individual type.
To say I am heartbroken would be an understatement. I however can’t believe he is no a lot more. But of course, he life on as a result of his tunes and he will usually remain my favourite. May possibly his soul relaxation in peace.