Chennai, Apr 15 (): Kalaimamani P.B.Sreenivas, the legendary playback singer, passed away in Chennai after he suffered a heart attack around 1 pm on Sunday.
Eighty-two year old veteran playback singer had been in the profession for the past fifty years and has sung in different languages including Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada as well as Telugu.
He began his career in 1952 with the Hindi movie Mr.Sampath and has contributed over 3000 songs. He was very eminent for his songs in Tamil and that too particularly for Gemini Ganesan.
The legend had grabbed a huge attention singing devotional songs also. His voice also featured in recent films like Aayirathil Oruvan and 7G Rainbow Colony. Many famous celebrities of Tamil movies including P Susheela, Sankar (Ganesh) paid their last respects to the legend, praying for the departed soul to rest in peace and also offered condolences to the family members.
PB Sreenivas saw his first breakthrough in a Kannada film Prema Pasam, a duet song which he sang along with P Susheela. He sung and wrote a number of songs in Kannada for famous stars like Rajkumar, for which he was largely appreciated. He had been contributing regularly in Kannada, where he saw many super hit songs even in the recent past like Aaha Mysooru Mallige, Bare Chandrama, Kolalanoodi Kuniva and Odeyithu.
Sandalwood actors and people from the music industry expressed their grief over the death of the legend. Music composer GV Prakash, who had worked with the legend in Tamil film Aayirathil Oruvan has quoted in his Twitter saying that PB Sreenivas sir, was one of his most favourite evergreen singers. P B Sreenivas, famously known as PBS was not keeping a good health for the past few days, said family sources.
Expressing condolence to the celebrity, chief minister J Jayalalithaa said PBS had sung in twelve different languages and his voice added colour to Tamil songs. Jayalalithaa also said that the legend’s death is a personal loss to her and to the cinema world as well.