Veteran playback singer,
the famous P.B Sreenivas passed away on Sunday at his residence in Chennai,
Tamil Nadu after a brief illness. He was 82.
Bhayankara Sreenivas(22 September 1930 – 14
April 2013), was a veteranplayback singerfrom India. He was born in Gollaprolu
in East Godavri District of Andhra Pradesh. He had sung around 3000 songs in Telugu Kannada,Tamil,Hindi,MalayalamandTulufilms. He was known for his playback
singing in the Telugu Kannada, andTamil filmindustries. He had sung in all the
main languages of the country but it is in Kannada that he has the highest
number of songs in his career. He died on 14 April 2013 at the age of 82 in
Sreenivas made his début in 1952 in Gemini's
Hindi filmMr Sampat,
where his song "Aji hum Bharat ki naari", a duet with Geeta Dutt,
became popular. He entered the Kannada film industry in 1953 through the movie
Jathaka Phala, which was later made in Tamil and Telugu also. In Kannada, he
achieved great success through Bhakta Kanakadasa starring Super StarDr.Rajkumar.
The song Baagilanu teredu of the film was a very big hit. Later he went on to
sing greatest numbers for Super StarDr.Vishnuvardhan,Srinath,Kalyan Kumar,Udaya Kumarand others. In 1955 he also sang in
the Malayalam filmHarishcandra.His first solo hit came in the moviePrema Pasamin which he also sang a duet withP. Susheela.
His first song for Rajkumar was in 1956 film Ohileshwara. Later he sang for the
Super Star for a long time and the association was highly appreciated by
critics, fans and the industry. In the Tamil industry, his maximum number of
songs are forGemini Ganesan.
The most memorable hit of this duo was 'Nilave ennidam nerungathe'. He had sung
for other actors as well but incidentally, he had sung very few songs forM. G. RamachandranandSivaji Ganesan.He
sang the popular duet in Hindi Chanda Se Hoga Wo Pyaara (with Lata Mangeshkar)
in the film Main Bhi Ladki Hoon in 1964. In Tamil his voice was more used for
actors Gemini Ganeshan, Muthuraman, Ravichandran, Jaishankar.
Sreenivas sang "Kalangalil Aval Vasantham" written byKannadasanand set to music by the music duoM. S.
Ramamoorthy. The filmAdutha Veettuppenof
Anjali Pictures carried some of his songs. Sreenivas has also sung withP.Susheela,S. Janaki,P. Bhanumathi,K. Jamuna Rani,L. R. EaswariandLata Mangeshkarfor the movieMain Bhi Ladki Hoonand some North Indian Singers. His
devotional songs include "Sharadha Bhujanga Stothram", "Sri
Venkateswara Suprabhatham", "Mukunda Mala", "Shri
Mallikarjuna Stotram" and Purandaradasa compositions. His "home away
from home" was the Woodlands Drive-In restaurant inChennaiwhere one could frequently spot him
sit quietly writing poetry.He had headed many music related organizations
such as being the president of Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram.
Though Sreenivas had hit numbers in all the
languages that he sang, it was in theKannada Film Industrythat he sang the highest number of
songs in his career and it was in the Kannada Industry that he delivered the
highest number of hit songs. PB Sreenivas ruled the Kannada Industry for over
three decades and was the voice for many Super Stars though his combination
with Dr.Rajkumar created history.
He was instrumental in shaping the Kannada identity likeDr.RajkumarandDr.Vishnuvardhan.
He has sung thousands of songs and most of his songs were big hits. He has the
credit of lending his voice for the most popular ever green songs of theKannada Cinemalike Nee bandu Ninthaaga, Ravivarmana,
Akashave Beelali mele, Baare Baare Chandada Cheluvina, Olave Jeevana
Sakshathkara, Panchama Veda, Kannadada Kuladevi, Binkada Singari, Olavina
Priyalathe, Ivalu Yaaru Balleyenu, Baa Thaayi Bharathiye, Naavaduva Nudiye,
Gaganavu Ello, Apaara keerthi, Malenaada Henna, Indu Enage, Neera Mele Aleya
Ungura, Uthara Druvadhim, Kannada Naadina Veera Ramaniya, Endendu Ninnanu
Marethu, Endu Ninna Noduve, Thookadisi Thookadisi Beeladiru Thamma and many
ALL IS WELL: Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy along with his Cabinet colleagues at the Ugadi celebrations where Vedic scholar, Dean of School of Social and other Sciences in Telugu University, Prof. C.V.B. Subramanyam, rendered the almanac in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
Series of programmes planned to revive the glory of Telugu language
A new programme, Telugu Baata, aimed at regaining the past glory of the Telugu language will be launched this year, which is being observed as Telugu renaissance year.
Announcing this at Ugadi celebrations at Ravindra Bharati here on Thursday, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said that as part of the programme, activities would be undertaken once in two months at village, mandal and district levels through Nehru Yuva Kendras and Mahila/Bal Bhavans highlighting Telugu culture and heritage. Space would be earmarked in public parks and labelled as ‘Telugu Thota’.
The programme would be funded from the Rs. 25 crore provided in the budget. An action plan released by Mr. Kiran Reddy said school textbooks in Telugu would be revised to include chapters on poems, proverbs and profiles of great Telugu personalities. Telugu dictionaries would be modernised to include latest words.
At the celebrations, a rural landscape was depicted on the dais through a flexi backdrop which showed lush green paddy fields, canals and crop harvesting. More than a dozen Ministers and several other dignitaries listened as Dr C. V. B. Subrahmanyam of Telugu University read out the almanac. The Chief Minister released the almanacs of TTD and Agriculture and Horticulture Departments, and honoured Vedic scholars, poets, artistes and eminent personalities. Clad in a dhoti, he went round photo and books exhibitions held outside the auditorium on the Fourth World Telugu Conference (WTC). He referred to revival of Telugu Akademis and the plan to introduce Telugu as a language subject up to SSC by July as per WTC resolutions but appealed to people to extend cooperation as the government alone would not be able to achieve renaissance. Reading out the almanac, Dr. Subrahmanyam said the New Year, Vijaya, would be a good year for the Telugu people. There would be good rains and reservoirs would be full, resulting in bumper crops and prosperity. The Chief Minister would stabilise his position, though he would face some problems.
APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana, Minister for Culture Vatti Vasanth Kumar, Official Languages Commission chairman M. Buddha Prasad, and Director of Culture R. V. Prasada Raju spoke.
2006 - Organizing Secretary -Golden Jubilee Celebration / Telugu International Conference,Telugu Association Malaysia, World Telugu Federation(WTF) 5th Biennial Conference - as one of the Conveners Host Committee, Singapore
2000- WTF conference at Vishkapatam,AP presented paper on Telugus are shown in Tamil films as "conman and no morals"
2004-2006 - Vice President,
2000-2004 - Secretary General,
1996-2000 - Asst.Gen.Secretary,
1996-2000 - Chairman of Sabak Bernam Branch,
1991-1996 - Founder & Chairman of Alor Star/Kangar Branch,
1982-1986 - Founder & chairman Telugu Association Malaysia(TAM)- Klang Branch