Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam (4 June 1946 – 25 September 2020), also referred to as S. P. Balu, S. P. B., or Balu, was an Indian musician, playback singer, music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer who worked predominantly in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, and Malayalam films. He sang over 40,000 songs in 16 Indian languages. He has garnered six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer for his works in four different languages; Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi; 25 Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards for his works towards Telugu cinema, numerous other state awards from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In addition, he garnered the Filmfare Award, and six Filmfare Awards South. According to some sources, he was believed to have held the Guinness World Record for recording the highest number of songs by a singer with over 40,000 songs. In 2012, he received the state NTR National Award for his contributions to Indian cinema. In 2016, He was honoured with the Indian Film Personality of the Year consisting of a Silver Peacock Medal. He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011) from the Government of India. On 25 September 2020, he died at MGM Hospital after suffering from COVID-19.
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