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Sunday, February 24, 2008

SPB Concert in Auckland on 23rd feb 2008

Dear Frineds,

This is a Details report SPB Concert in Auckland on 23rd Feb, 2008. Mr. Dominc Raja send to Mr. Vikas, Mumbai the Lovely Details report about Concert. Enjoy his feelings. I thank to Vikas send for immediatly for our members.

Could have requested you to request SPB to meet me for 2 minutes atleast at the concert. The concert was on Sat(23/Feb 08)in Auckland, terrible raining weather with storm. Auckland is not like India, tight security in the concert, I had to take back the photo camera to my car, not allowed inside, so no chance of a video recording. The organisers are mainly money minded, people from Hyderabad.
SPB is a real gem though but unfortunately he has to play along with authority.
SPB was conferred with 2 awards , one from Telugu association and other from Kannada koota of new Zealand.
SPB's big honour was that the Prime Minister was the chief guest at the concert.
SPB was majestic, dazzling, dynamic and full of energy and blast.
He enthralled the audience with some beautiful and spell bounding resonating with audience clapping, numbers from Telugu, Tamil, Hindi & Kannada films.
The other singers were, S.P.Sailaja, Mallikarjun & Gopika Poornima.
Mallikarjun was a good support to SPB and is a good dancer.
Songs performed in order were:-
1) Sangeetha Sahithya - Swathi Kiranam
2) Illaya Nila - Payanagal Mudivudhilai
3) Tere Mere Beech mae - Ek Duje ke Liye
4)Shankaraa Naadasa - Shankarabaranam
5)Andhi Malai - Raaja Paarvai
6)Jothe Jotheyalli - Geetha
7)Sundari kanaal - Dhalapathi
8)Telugu Song( I don't know)
9)O' Maria - Saagar
10)Vedham Anu Anu - Sagara Sangamam
11)Manil Indha Kadhal - Keladi Kanmani
12)Pehla Pehla Pyaar - Hum Aap ke hai kaun
13)Jeeva veenai - Hombisilu
14) first verse of Aayiram Nilavae vaa (Adimai Pen)
15) Mallarae Mownama - Karna(he started this song with Yeh Duniya ke rakhwalae)
16)Engeyum Epodhum - Ninithalai Innikum( He let Mallikarjun start this song and dnace with it , in the middle of the song SPB took over), what a difference, He can just about tower/shadow any singer in the world).
17)Another Telugu song
18) Dhil Deewana - Maine pyaar kiya
19) Balailakka - Shivaji the Boss
20) Wind up Telugu song.
I am going to remember this for Ever, I was lucky indeed.
Down side is the chepest gallery ticket was NZ $50.00(Rs.1500), next is $100 na d the front seat were $250, which included dinner with the stars. I could not afford $250(house rent for a week over here is around $300). Nothing is fai r, it is a lot better these days to live and work in India. Compare the Rs.250 for the SPB meet.
I made up a audio CD of over 25 English songs from the best American singers and gave it to the organiser(Ravindra) to pass it over to SPB in the concert(interval). I do hope he likes my selection. No chance or way to ask him.

All the best

Annual Meet with SPB for the year 2007 - 17th Feb 2008

Annual Meet with SPB - 2007 on 17th Feb 2008
Dear SPB Fans,

Here comes one more fine opportunity for me to dwell at great lengths on an SPB event. Last month had its quota in the form of an SPB-Chitra Musical Concert at Chennai and this month we were due for a real treat at Coimbatore, the event being “The Annual Meet with our Legend”. Every one of you knew that preparations were in full swing for the event that graces us once a year. The organizing committee comprising of Ashok, Seshadhri, Covai Ravee, Venkat, Priyamvatha (alias Madhumitha) & the writer of this report under the able guidance of WebMaster Giridhar and support of Mr.Ramesh (a close friend of our SPB based at Coimbatore) embarked on a mission to see that the Annual Meet was made a Grand success. As all of you are aware that this event was organized by the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation. This entity had come into existence during the last annual meet at Bangalore when it was formally launched by our SPB and it had taken some time to get things organized in forming a Committee and assigning specific roles to each member. Roles having been made clear, each member fitted the bill and carried on the tasks, decided and assigned, which finally culminated into a spectacular event on the 17th of February 2008 at Hotel Grand Plaza, Coimbatore between 3:45pm and 6:45pm. A good response from enthusiastic fans kept us all in fine spirits and in great expectations of a fulfilling time that we were to enjoy

Well, let me now go into the details of the event. The Agenda of the Meet as it came out finally is as below
1) Prayer song – by Ashok
2) Welcome Speech - by WebMaster Giridhar
3) Photo Session with SPB coupled with presentation of memento to each participant
4) Video Show of Charity Institutions to which donations were made in the past
5) Video Show of Celebrity Musicians speaking about our Legend
6) Break for Tea / Coffee
7) Donation of Material to Coimbatore Seva Nilayam (an orphanage)
8) Introduction of the Foundation Committee Members
9) Question & Answers Session
10) Memento to SPB
11) Memento to Press Reporters
12) Vote of Thanks by WebMaster Giridhar

As you would notice, two out of the above agenda are focused on Charity. The very purpose of the Foundation is this – to focus on doing something good to the society we live in through the inspirations & learnings we had imbibed from the relationship with the Legend.
As a fitting start to the Event, some of the key members namely Covai Ravee & Venkat took our SPB to the Coimbatore Seva Nilayam, an orphanage for children which was located at 15 minutes drive from the venue of the Meet. Our SPB spent some time there discussing with the Head of the orphanage, an aged veteran lady at 93 years of age and also spending some moments with the children cracking jokes and bringing lovely smiles to their faces and in the process getting photographed with them.

Elsewhere at the venue, Everyone of us were on our toes awaiting eagerly the arrival of our beloved Guruji from the Orphanage as the clock ticked past 3:30pm, the scheduled start time. Finally at 3:45, our SPB entered the venue greeting one and all at the entrance and then moving into the Hall to a standing ovation, finally to take his seat at the far end. One could sense the air filled with unexpressable happiness and joy and thrill at the sight of HIM.

Immediately, Ashok moved to take over the stage and started singing a prayer song with the entire audience standing up.

Once this was over, our WebMaster Giridhar Raja went on to make the Welcome Address. He started off by welcoming our SPB and mentioned that HE had come to the event inspite of his
severe ill-health for the last one week and that showed his attachment to the fans. HE also went further in elaborating the objective of the Meet saying that the prime purpose was to publicise the activities of the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation and gain wider reach among the people so that its goals of serving the society could be realized fully in the near future. He then listed out the activities being conducted by the Foundation namely the charities to social institutions like Orphanages, Old Age Homes and Schools for Special Children, the Blood Donation Camps and the Annual Meets for the Fans to meet with SPB to interact with him and receive his blessings.

This was followed by a Photo session with the Legend. This was planned well, in the sense, that the format was a group of 3 to 4 persons taking photos as a group so that it would save valuable time which could be spent better on interactions with the Great Human Being. Our Guruji
exhibited the humourous side of his personality when he joked at many instances during the photography session. One could find him saying “Here is the man who is fit enough to be my friend”. This was when Ramesh (his close friend based at Coimbatore) and his family came on to the stage to get photographed. The crux was Ramesh resembled our Guruji very much in physical size. This created a ripple of laughter in the audience. The next was when he played around refusing to handover the memento (a multi-purpose handbag with SPB Fans Charitable Foundation printed on it) to one of the children and taking a while to give it. The other one was when a tonsured headed man (my friend who had accompanied me to the Meet) came on for the photo-session he remarked “straight from thirupathi eh!!”. There were many such lovely moments and all this considering his poor health was something extra-ordinary which expressed his love for us fans. The Committee Members of the Foundation also had the privilege of taking a special photograph with HIM.

Pleasantaries having been completed, next was time for some serious business. A video presentation of one Orphanage and one School for Special Children were shown. The orphanage was “Samarpana” and it had the heads of the institution speaking on their activities and the help that the SPB Fans Group had rendered by donating utilities to them in the year 2006. They thanked the Fans for their contributions. Next, we had Dr.Ambika of RASA (A school for Special Children at Abhiramapuram, Chennai) talking about the use of theratrics and Music in dealing with specially challenged children. She went on to say that she had done extensive research on the use of theatrics and music in improving the abilities of the Special Children and it was quite fitting that the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation which is associated with the Music Legend SPB should be helping them in their service to the Society. She thanked the Foundation for its contributions.

Next followed the Video Presentation of the Interviews with Chitra-ji, Tablist Prasad & Shri.Balamurali Krishna.
Chitra-ji appeared quite thrilled speaking about the LEGEND. She had a lot to tell about her happy times with HIM. She said that he was always a very jolly person and whatever tension or seriousness in the atmosphere would be dispelled by him through his enterprising presence. HE ensured that everyone had a good time recording the songs. She also admired the importance HE gave to friendship, Normally one tends to forget old friends on reaching a high stature in life but it was not so with HIM. He always had his old set of friends with him and at every place he visited, he had friends and maintained the relationship over time. This she said was very rare in popular personalities and she envied him for that. She went on to narrate her first meeting with our SPB. It was for first Duet with him for the Tamil Film “Punnagai Mannan”, the song being “kaala kaalamaaga vaazhum kaadhalukku…”.Till then, she had not met him and she arrived at the recording studio a bit late. It seems our SPB was already there, ready with his part of the song and she felt embarrassed that she had been late. She also said that it was SPB who had taught her Telugu and also the methods to beautify a song with delicate touches. One funny incident which she narrated bought out the childish & naughty side of our Guruji. She had gone for a recording of a Telugu song with our SPB. At that time, she had not learnt Telugu. To help her , our Guruji had written down her portion of the lyrics for her and had explained her how to sing it. When the recording started and they started singing, she found that the entire recording team was having a hearty laugh at her part of the rendition. She said she was quite confused at that and she also found SPB turning his face away and also having hearty laugh. This she said, prompted her to look at the lyrics to check if she had sung something wrong. She had found that it was OK and was not sure what was wrong with her singing. Then our SPB excused himself to the entire team. Later she understood that SPB had written words like idiot, fool and so on in her lyrics and she in turn had been singing it seriously thinking it was the original lyrics and that SPB was trying to help her out. Then she had understood the reason for their laughter. She said that she was quite surprised because he had inserted words to match the tune perfectly and one would never have any doubts at all - what a naughty man, our LEGEND. She then went on to tell that at first she was hesitant to agree for the interview as her understanding of a Fans Association was that they would fight whenever some one passed a bad comment on their idol .She said she was relieved to learn that the SPB Fans Foundation was into doing good activities for the society. She ended her part by praying to GOD to give our Guruji lots and lots of good health to continue singing many more good songs in the future also.
Next was Tablist Prasad who had been associated with him right from the early 70s. He said it was always great fun being in a recording with our Legend for they had good times trying to excel each and acknowledged each other very well. One would remember that Shri Prasad was one of the judges in Ennodu Paattu Paadungal program aired on Jaya TV. He went on to list some of the SPB songs for which he had played tabla.
Next was the GREAT and renowned Carnatic singer Shri Bala Murali Krishna. He really touched our hearts when he said that SPB was his KUZHANDHAI (CHILD). He further touched us when he said that their relationship was that of a FATHER & CHILD and he maintained this throughout his talk. He blessed our Guruji abundantly and went on to say that there was nothing that our Guruji could not do. Be it any type of song, he could render it with ease and accomplishment, he said. Be it a romantic song, a pathos song or a boisterous song or one that required Carnatic touches, it was only possible by HIM. He said this was not possible for others. Even though he said it was not right for a FATHER to praise his CHILD, he could not control himself from doing so. HE said that his CHILD’s good health was his own health. He said his CHILD’s accomplishments were his accomplishments. He wanted his CHILD to cut down on his assignments and maintain good health for he was overworking which is not good for one’s health. Right through his speech, he maintained this trend and one got a feeling that this was a real & unique FATHER-CHILD pair. One could also observe that our SPB was really humbled by his FATHER’s words and blessings. He was constantly holding up his hands to the Maestro on the Screen whenever he said the touching words. Once could feel that he must have been happy to hear soothing words from a person he respected so much. Shri Bala Murali Krishna’s words were indeed unique and we should thank Ashok, Seshadri & Madhu for having taken the initiative to get his appointment and record the interview with him for all of us and for our GURUJI who will indeed cherish each word that was said.

A short commercial break was announced by the WebMaster Mr.Giridhar for Tea / Coffee and everyone accompanied the LEGEND to the hall where it was served and they had a jolly time clicking of the cameras and storing his image on mobiles & cameras

When the program resumed, it was time for our LEGEND to handover the samples of utilities like trunk cases, emergency lamps etc…. as a token presentation to the small team from the
Coimbatore Seva Nilayam. All the articles had been pre-delivered to the Seva Nilayam one day in advance by Covai Ravee & Seshadhri and our GURUJI had a look at it during his visit there before the start of the Meet (as detailed before in this write-up).

Next followed the introduction of the Foundation Committee Members - Seshadri, Ashok, Madhumitha & Dasaradhi (the writer of this write-up) to SPB and the gathering. The members received the memento from the LEGEND and in the process were also photographed with him.
To give you a brief about the roles of the Committee Members – Seshadri’s role is event management (concerts, Annual meets....), Ashok’s role is accounts management and coordination, Madhumitha’s role is to maintain & increase membership database and Dasaradhi’s role is Website Maintenance / communication to the Groups / Printing stationeries

What came next was the much awaited Question & Answers session for this was the one which involved the active participation of the Legend and the Fans. I will list some of the unique questions and answers that I am able to recollect (for each question he explained in very great lengths but I am not able to capture everything here as I was just enjoying the feeling being there with him and could not recollect detail by detail – pls excuse me for that – maybe other fans can elaborate on this after reading this article)

FAN QUESTION 1 : Do you think that the present relationship between YOU and the Fans Group has a link to the previous Birth ?
SPB ANSWER 1 : Yes, I think so. Otherwise, how can one explain this phenomenon of so many persons showering their affection and love on me or fans coming over from distant parts of the country - Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore ....... This could not have happened without some carry over from the previous birth. Maybe in the previous birth, we ALL were a part of a big dynasty with a king and maybe I was one of the subjects. This birth, maybe, it has been reversed and I am at the helm with you ALL loving and showing affection.

FAN QUESTION 2: Do you think only singing is your life ?
SPB ANSWER 2 : No, I would not say that. Of course singing forms a major part of my life, no doubt, but that is not all. There are other things in my life like my family, friends etc… who form the other part of my life. Of course singing has given me my income, fame and popularity. Imagine, if I was not a singer, I would have a listless entity. Imagine that I was an office going guy and walking on a road. What would people say. "there goes the DHADIYAN (Fat Man)…” (everyone has a hearty laugh). But being a singer, it is something different. People respect me and have a high regard for me. In fact, my first aim in life was to become an engineer. That is what my father wanted me to be and he had strived all through his life to see that I am one. But the director above (GOD) had written a different screen play for me and here I am, in front of you experiencing all you love and affection

Q3 : When will you perform a carnatic concert ?
A3 : Well, I am not able to understand it. Earlier, due to heavy commitment for recording songs, I could not find time to fit in anything. I thought that after my recording schedules became lighter, I would be able to do something, but somehow, I seem to be filled up with some activity or the other and I am not able to find time

Q4 : You seem to have an excellent control on your Sanskrit diction. How did you acquire it ?
A4 : My father was a Harikatha exponent and I was exposed to lot of Sanskrit phrases even as a child and over the years I have learnt it in addition to Hindi as well. So, whenever lyrics in Sanskrit is given to me, I first understand it fully either by myself or by consulting experts in Sanskrit. This way I ensure that the intention of the lyrics is not diluted. I am not worried if some people are angry with me for saying this – all languages of the world, be it, Persian, Greek or Latin or for that matter any Indian Language as well, had their roots in Sanskrit. You will find that down South, in Tamil, people pronounce the word Sanskrit “SHIVA” as“SIVA” and like that many words are there. Even in one of the Tamil devotional songs on Lord Shiva, you will find that while the chorus sings as “nama sivaya”, I sing it as “nama shivayaa”. One has to understand the roots and handle it accordingly otherwise the originality and the essence is lost. I also find some people distorting Sanskrit phrases. Like “EndharO mahanubhaavulu”. Some sing this as “Endha rO Mahanu Bhaavulu” splitting the words which gives a totally different meaning allotgether

Q5 : You yourself being a Music Director, how do you think the MDs like M.S.Viswanathan, IlayaRaja etc have created a unique identity for themselves
A5 : Well, I will not able to clearly pin point it. But it is the way in which each one handles a raaga. The same raaga are handled differently by different music directors by way of orchestration. (He now sings a few lines of a Rafi’s Hindi number and immediately someone from the gathering shouts “Naushad Ali”). See you are able to identify a Naushad Ali’s composition. Everything is in the orchestration. One would have handled a raaga differently and that would have become popular whereas another music director would have handled it differently and it would not have been popular. Come on now, you all tell me, are you able to identify any of the present day music directors from their songs. It becomes impossible because nowadays everything is a cocktail of something already available. All the sounds are available in the computer and one just jumbles it up differently and makes music leading to lack of identity. There is even pressure from producers and directors to just copy other songs already made. Such is the scene now.

Q6 : You are such a good person, how is that possible (I am not clear if this was the actual question asked but it was something like this)
A6 : (the fan who asked this question stands up and our SPB asks him). How do you say I am a good person. You are just seeing me on the Screens and in this type of meetings only. You do not know anything else about my other activities. Well, to some extent, I agree. Only if someone is good at heart, can he deliver something good as well (this comment earns a round of applause from the fans)

Q7 : What do you think about this SPB Fans Charitable Foundation ?
A7 : I am indeed happy about its activities from whatever, I have seen and heard. But I often wonder why my name is used when the good things are being done by the fans and why should I be a part of all the credits. What have I done to earn all these. I just sing the songs for my income and for my family, that’s all. But my name is used. Since my name has been used for the Foundation, I thought it is not right on my part to be silent and end up someone asking me what is that I have done for this Foundation. That is why I am also contributing something every month to the Foundation (for your information, our Guruji is contributing Rs.10,000 every month to the Foundation Account) and now no one can question me on this. To this, one of the fans Ramesh (SPB’s close friend) stands up to answer “Sir, when we are in trouble or worry and on coming back home, when we listen to your songs we are transported to a different world. Sometimes I cry on listening to your songs (my wife will vouch for that). You have become a part and parcel of our life and so the credit is due to you”. Next another fan Vijayakrishnan stands up “Sir, it was due to your songs that we all fans have come united to perform this noble task. As individuals we would have only contributed say Rs.500 or so and would have stopped with that whereas as part of the Team we have now come together to achieve bigger things which is solely due to your influence on us and hence it is only right that the Foundation has your name also embedded in it”. (One could see that our SPB accepted this argument very well and applauded by clapping his hands - and from now onwards, he will never have any doubts as to the use of his name for the Foudation).

Q8 : Why are you not singing much songs these days. Is it by design or otherwise ?
A8 : I think it is high time that I stop being too humble. I have come to a stage where I can now express the reality. Well, those days in the 70s and 80s, songs would wait for me to be recorded and music directors waited for me even for months. Having ruled for nearly 25 years, it is only right that the scenario changes. For the past ten years I have been recording less number of songs because the trend has been to use many different singers and it is also good that others get the opportunity also. Moreover, going by the quality of songs that is being composed today, I do not regret for the lesser number of songs. Even one of the fans Vikas Kamble from Mumbai had asked me once why I was not singing in Hindi these days. The frank reply to that would be that I am not being called anymore. At one point many years back, there was a vaccum in the Hindi Industry after the demise of Rafi-saab and fading of Kishore-ji, when the music directors there thought that I could fill up the vaacum left by these Legends and hence for 10 to 15 years I was recording lot of Hindi songs. But in the last decade or so, new singers who are quite good have emerged in the Hindi scene and it is only natural that they are given the first preference over me. But if I am called any day I would only be happy to render songs in Hindi. But in spite of all these, I am happy that I still record at least one song per day whatever be the language

Q9 : On a given day, how do you manage your singing when your actual state of emotions is one and the song you are to render requires a totally different state of emotion ?
A9 : Well, I do not know how I do it. It's a gift from God. But finally I think, as professionals that is what is expected of us. It is something like leaving your chappals outside the temple when you are entering it. Likewise, when I enter a recording theatre, I leave my natural emotions outside and I go in without it and adapt myself to the emotions that are required for the song. Imagine the other way around. If on a given day, I have rendered a pathos song and I go home in the evening, I cannot ask my wife to serve me good in a sad tone (he acts out the scene with a change in voice modulation – what a great modulator HE is). It would sound funny and inappropriate. Of course, on some days, you feel totally out, in which case, it is better to cancel the recording and have it on another day. But that rarely happens with me. But, I understand that Hindi singers like Mukesh used to delay their recording if they were not in a mood on a given day.

Q10 : (not able to remember the question)
A10 : Well, the difference between other singers and me, I think it is high time that I was more frank with it. While the other singers sing a song as a song, I act according to the required emotion when I sing a song. That helped in livening up the songs.

(Well, I feel exhausted now trying to think of all the other questions. I stop now on this – but I am sure that I have covered the most interesting and critical part of the session)

The Question & Answer session was followed by the presentation of a Memento to our Guruji by the Committee Members on behalf of the Fans. The memento was a tall Sandal wood article and resembled the Ashoka Pillar with several lion heads at the top. Our Guruji seemed to be impressed with it and expressed that it symbolized unity. One of the Members Venkat had made ready a Jumbo Greeting Card with some inscriptions on it. One could see our Guruji reading it attentively.

The Press Reporters from the dailies Dinamalar, Dinakaran etc….. were also honoured with presentation of memento by the Legend.

Finally, the WebMaster Giridhar came out with the Vote of Thanks. He said that even though he was not well, the Legend has taken upon himself to see that he was there at the event without
disappointing the fans and participating in the meet enthusiastically. The WebMaster called this a family Meet rather than otherwise. He thanked all the Committee Members, the Press Reporters, Covai Ravee and Ramesh for their contributions in making this event a grand success.
It was quite appropriate that he mentioned all of us a family. Let us all maintain the spirits of a family and take the Foundation to greater heights. My humble request to you at this juncture would be to form a group of fans in your city/town of residence and enroll as many members into the Foundation so that we can do many more contributions to the society that we live in. Royan of Bangalore has already set the wheel rolling in Bangalore and those in Andhra, Kerala and other parts of Hindi should also take lead and expand the Web of the Foundation.

In fact, I am happy to inform you ALL that the response of the Fans after the Meet was encouraging and some of the Fans came forward in registering themselves as Members of the Foundation and many others took the Registration Forms for enrollment later. There were also cash contributions from many fans at the Meet. This is in addition to some fans who had already sent in their contributions to the Foundation Account before the Meet. We thank all those fans who had contributed.

I end now with the information that our SPB announced that the next Annual Meet should be in Hyderabad. So, Hyderabad Fans, please gear up for the event from now onwards and form a group to plan for the event and keep us posted.

For your info, DVDs of the Annual Meets 2004, 2005 & 2006 was put up for sale at the Meet and there were good number of Fans who had purchased it by paying Rs.450. The proceeds of this sale would go to the Foundation Account. Those of you who are interested in purchasing the DVD, please send in your requirements to Ashok at rashok@hcl.in or talk to him on 09840888410 (OR) Seshadhri at seshadhri_s@yahoo.com or talk to him on 09884924987

Thanks & Wishes to you all. Bye, for now

Please visit http://www.spbindia.com/SPB_Fans_Charitable.aspx to learn more about the activities of the SPB Fans Charitable Foundation. Become a part of the Foundation and contribute to its activities


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Annual Meet 2008" with SPB

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Everyone of us would be in an excited state thinking about the forthcoming Annual Meet which opens to us a door to the heart of our beloved SPB once again.

Hope many of you would have registered yourselves with Ashok & Seshadri for attending the Meet. This is a golden chance. One cannot afford to miss it for whatever reason. So, set aside a day (after all it is a SUNDAY, the 17th February 2008) to meet your idol. We should turn up in good numbers to honour our SPB's time. So, hurry up and register.

Many of you planning to attend would have got yourselves curious as to the Agenda of the Meet. It took us some time to finalise and finally we have almost brought it to shape for presenting to you ALL.

The Agenda is contained in the EXCEL file attached herewith. It is quite detailed and lists all that we have planned for the Meet.

There are some unique additions this year compared to the previous years. Some of them are

1) SPB Time - wherein he will perform whatever he feels like for the time slot planned
2) Autograph on Photograph - the photograph you take during the meet will be autographed by our SPB then & there at the Meet
3) A brief video presentation of the charitable acts that we, as Fans of the Legend, have done in the past few years - the credit for which goes to the LEGEND for he has motivated us thorugh his music and personality
4) Donating to an Orphanage

Of course the above is in addition to the usual question & answers session and other activities with SPB.

In order to make all this happen, the Participation Fee has been fixed as Rs.250 per Participant (does not cover the donation expenses). This will go towards the charges that will be incurred for the HALL, High Tea, Memento for SPB, Photograph (with autograph), Memento for the Participants, Advertisement & Publicity costs etc. This amount can be paid at the venue.

To register for the Meet, please email to Ashok at rashok@hcl.in or talk to him on 09840888410 (OR) email to Seshadri at seshadhri_s@ yahoo.com or talk to him on 09884924987

One of the Agenda for the Meet is donating to an orphanage in Coimbatore. So, Please send your liberal contributions to
“SPB Fans Charitable Foundation”
by Cheque or DD or direct transfer to Bank A/c
No.039505003260, ICICI Bank Ltd., Anna Nagar West
Extension Branch, Chennai

Our preferred option would be direct transfer to the ICICI account mentioned above either through wire transfer (through internet) or depositing in any of the ICICI branches locally at Chennai against the above mentioned account number. Please use cheque or DD as the last option.

In case of DD / Cheque, please send to the following address

R5, A/2, Anna Nagar West Extension, Chennai 600 101
Phone: +91-98408 88410, +91-98842 68063

Please put up a mail to Ashok at rashok@hcl.in and also to WebMaster at webmaster@spbindia. com regarding the details of donation indicating transaction ref no., date, amount and your details and addressesin case of internet transfer. In case of cheque / DD, please mention the instrument number with date and bank drawn on.

The details of the ORPHANAGE is as follows :

Ph.No. 0422 2473664

The Coimbatore Seva Nilayam is being run for Orphans and children of very low income families. The
orphanage was set up by a truly remarkable lady, Mrs.T.V.Thillaiamma l in the year 1950, nearly 60 years ago and now at the age of 93, she is still actively involved in the orphanage activities. They have given us a list of utilities and other items they are badly in need of and our intention is to procure these and handover to their represenative during the Annual Meet though our SPB. SO PLEASE SUPPORT THIS CAUSE AND MAKE IT A GRAND AND SUCCESSFUL EVENT.


Please extend your support by contributing & make this event a grand success.

Thanking You,

Warm Regards,


Saturday, February 02, 2008

Emi Ee Vintha Moham - Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna (telugu)

Hi SPB Fans,

Today's post is a debut songs of our guruji in telugu.

"Emi Ee Vintha Moham" was from the film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna composed by S.P.Kondandapani. He sang the song alongwith P.B.Srinivas, Eelapati Raghuramayya and P.Suseela.

I am not aware of this songs is posted on this blog earlier or not.

This song was recorded on 15th Dec 1966 which is Guruji,s birthday as a Singer in the Film industry. & Movie was released in 1967. Guruji sang 2 songs for this movie.

I could not find the lyric for the song but found some articles from http://www.telugucinema.com/c/publish/movieretrospect/SreeSreeSreemaryaadaraamanna_retro.php

SPB on his debut film:

S P Balasubramanyam

This is my debut film. It happened because of Sree Kodandapani gaaru. He was one of the judges when I contested in a singing competition in 1963 in Madras. After the program, he came to me and said that I'd become a popular singer and will keep on singing for the next forty years! And, true to his blessings, I find myself still singing, even after forty years! He took me to S. Bhavanarayana gaaru, introduced me, and recommended me but nothing happened on that front. I was disappointed and went back to college to complete my second year AMIE.

Again, Kodandapani gaaru called me one day and took me to Padmanabham and asked me
to sing a song. I sang the title song of mErE mehboob, pibarE raamarasam, etc. to
Padmanabham, who liked my voice and assured that he'd definitely give me a chance. A
part of the song Emi yee vinta mOham! was intially supposed to be sung by Ghantasala
maasTaaru. He went to his native place to attend to his mother who fell ill and was thus
unable to come to the recording. As the shooting neared, they made me sing it on an ad
hoc basis, with an intention to replace it with Ghantasala maasTaaru's voice if it was not
as good. Though I had only one charaNam to sing, I practised the whole song. On the day
of recording, December 15, 1966, no car came to pick me up.
I waited for sometime and went the studio on my bicycle. Until I went to Vijaya Gardens, I
had a feeling that they might not have liked my voice, but when I reached I was informed
that the car had a mechanical problem. After waiting for some time, I got a call from
Kodandapani gaaru and I recorded the whole song in twenty minutes. I was paid Rs. 300/-
as the remuneration for this song. I mailed Rs. 100/- to my father. At that time, I used to
get Rs. 80/- per month from my home to meet my expenses in Madras as I was staying in
a room along with other friends for my studies.
While sending the money, I also wrote to my father that he need not send me money for
another two months. My first song along with bigwigs like P.B. Sreenivos, Raghuramayya
gaaru, and P. Susheela was a memorable experience. When Ghantasala maasTaaru
returned from the village they showed the song to him. He said that my voice was good
and insisted that the voice should be kept as is in the song. It was his blessings and S.P.
Kondandapani gaari blessings, which I cannot forget even after forty years...

Padmanabham speaks:

Veeturi and I are very good friends. He was the permanent writer for our drama troupe
'Rekha and Murali Arts' (Rekha is Vallam Narasimha Rao's daughter and Murali is
Padmanabham's son who acted in Pelli Kaani Thandri, a remake of the Hindi flick Kuvaaraa
Baap). Though I was busy with films, I used to allocate ten days each month for dramas.
My brother Purushottham, music director S.P. Kodandapani, Director K. Hemambharadhara
Rao, Actors Perumallu, Dandu Venkataraju from Keshavaram were my partners in this
troupe. Veeturi gave me a story for a drama but the herione had a double role and we
thought it'd not suit a drama and put it aside. But then, Kodandapani pursuaded me to do
it as a film, and I approached NTR for the film.
He agreed to do it immediately and that movie was eventually a big hit; yes, it's Devatha
with Savithri in dual role. Then we did another film Potti Pleader-u based on Bhamidipati
Radhakrishna's play "idEmiTi?" (Sobhan Babu's first dual role film) which was also a big
hit. After getting success in two films, we started out third film Sree Sree Sree Maryaada
Ramanna. As I had a comedian image, we chose the film with a theme that has scope for
comedy as well as a message-oriented concept.
In both the previous films, several actors acted in guest roles, which was a good plus for
these films. So we decided to do it the same way in this film too and we requested
Krishna, Sobhan Babu, and Harinath to do a song in the film with Rajasree. We planned to
get the song sung by Raghuramayya gaaru, P.B. Sreenivos, and Ghantasala maasTaaru,
but maasTaaru was busy at the time of recording. It was then that S.P. Kondandapani
gaaru showed me SPB and introduced him as a good singer.
So we thought to go ahead and record the song with him instead of Ghantasala gaaru.
Today, I feel very proud to say that he was from our banner! The film became a landmark
due in Telugu films to Balu's debut. The film was a huge success in itself, and we wanted
to dub it into tamil too but it didn't work out due to some reasons. Out of my 400 movies,
this film gave me utmost satisfaction, I should say.
The film's indoor shoot was done entirely at Golden Studio and Prasad Studios. For
outdoor, Padamu village in Chittor district was our location. The tiger fight scene was also
shot at Golden Studio. We used a real tiger and got its jaws stitched together for safety,
but it was still too risky. S.P. Kodandapani appeared in a small role in the film also, as a
person who brings to the King's court a complaint about a cat. (This is his second screen
appearance, after appearing as a music conductor in the film Potti Pleader-u). The
producer, and Padmanabham's brother, Purushottham shares the scene with Kodandapani.

A shepherd boy Rami (Padmanabham) becomes Rammanna with the blessings of a sage.
The Minister and the Army Commander of the kingdom torture the people for more money
on the taxes. Ramanna informs this to the King, and the King offers him to take the
throne for three months and solve the problems. Ramanna takes the challenge and
succeeds in that and also wins the heart of the princess in this process.

About the film:
The film is more famous as the greatly well-versed, popular Guinness record-holder
playback singer Padmasri S.P. Balasubrahmanyam debuted with the film as a singer.

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