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1) Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam was born into a Telugu family on 4 June 1946 in Nellore, Madras Presidency, British India (present-day Andhra Pradesh, India) and died on 25 September 2020 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India.
2) Balasubrahmanyam enrolled at JNTU College of Engineering Anantapur for studying engineering. He discontinued his studies early due to typhoid and joined as an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers, Chennai.
3) Balasubrahmanyam made his debut as a playback singer on 15 December 1966 with Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, a Telugu film scored by his mentor, S. P. Kodandapani.
4) The first Non-Telugu song that he recorded just eight days after his debut Telugu song was in Kannada in 1966 for the film Nakkare Ade Swarga.
5) Balasubrahmanyam had the rare distinction of rendering the most songs on a single day by any singer. He had recorded 21 songs in Kannada for the composer Upendra Kumar in Bangalore from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on 8 February 1981.
6) In 1980, Balasubrahmanyam won his first National Award as a singer for film Sankarabharanam. His first work in Hindi films was in the following year, in Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), for which he received another National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
7) In 2013, Balasubrahmanyam recorded the title song for the film Chennai Express – under the music direction of Vishal-Shekhar. He returned to Hindi Film music after being away for 15 years. He had dubbed for Ben Kingsley (born as Krishna Pandit Bhanji) in the Telugu dubbed version of Oscar-winning film Gandhi.
8) In May 2020, Balasubrahmanyam crooned a song on humanity titled "Bharath Bhoomi" which was composed by Ilaiyaraaja as a tribute to the people such as police, army, doctors, nurses, and janitors who have been significantly working amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The video song was officially unveiled by Ilaiyaraaja through his official YouTube account on 30 May 2020 in both Tamil and Hindi languages.
9) Balasubrahmanyam 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. He had worked as a music director for more than 40 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi languages and also acted in 72 films in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.
10) Balasubrahmanyam has won Indian civilian honors Padma Shri in 2001 and a Padma Bhushan in 2011. He had delivered 40,000 songs in various genres including classical, despite having no formal training.
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