P. B. Sreenivas

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Background information
Birth namePrathivadhi Bhayankara Sreenivas
Also known asPBS
Born(1928-09-22)22 September 1928
Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
Died14 April 2013(2013-04-14) (aged 84)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Genres Playback singing, Carnatic music, ghazal
Occupation(s) Playback singer
Instrument(s) Harmonium
Years active1951-2013

Prathivadhi Bhayankara Sreenivas (22 September 1928 – 14 April 2013) widely known as P. B. S. was an Indian playback singer, composer, harmonium player, Lyricist and poet known for his works in South cinema, and Bollywood. [1] [2] His major chunk of work has been in Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu languages. [3] He has garnered the Kannada Rajyotsava Prashasti, the Tamil Kalaimamani Award, and the Madhavapeddi Satyam Award by the Andhra Siva Foundation, for his contributions to music and cinema. [4] [5] In his honor, Sri Kala Sudha Telugu Association of Chennai, instituted the P. B. Sreenivas Mahapurush Award to honor veteran singers. [2]

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Early life

Prathivadhi Bhayankara Sreenivas was born into a Telugu speaking Vaishnava Brahmin musical family Prathivadhi Bhayankara Phanindraswamy and Seshagiriamma as their younger son in Kakinada, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. [5] His father was a civil servant and his mother was a musician. His father wanted him to become a government officer and Sreenivas was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree and then passed the Hindi Visharad from the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha. [6] [7]

Musical career

His uncle, Kidambi Krishnaswamy, was a drama artist and a singer. When Sreenivas was 12, Krishnaswamy gave him a chance to sing in a drama. Later, Sreenivas, a trained harmonium player and singer, went to Gemini Studios, Madras. Emani Sankara Sastry, a veena player, was one of the residing musicians. He introduced Sreenivas to S. S. Vasan, the owner of Gemini Studios. There, Sreenivas sang a super hit song sung by Mohammed Rafi, his favourite singer. It was "Huye Hum Jinke Liye Barbad", from Deedar (1951), composed by Naushad Ali, which landed him the opportunity to become professional playback singer. [8] [9]

Biography on PBS

Srinivas, recording in studio with singer Sangeetha Katti Sangeeta katti14.jpg
Srinivas, recording in studio with singer Sangeetha Katti

The biography titled Madhurya Saarvabhowma Dr. P. B. Srinivas-Naadayogiya Sunaadayaana (penned by R. Srinath, Publishers: Surabhi Prakashana, Bengaluru) was released on 7 May 2013 at the Palace Grounds, Bangalore by the singers S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam and K. J. Yesudas. [4]

Awards

Filmography

Tamil songs

YearTitleLanguageSongMusic DirectorCo-Singer
1953 Jatagam Tamil Sindhanai En SelvamR. Govardhanam
Mooda Nambikkaiyaale Pala Kaedu Vilaiyum
1954 Viduthalai TamilAnbodu Inbamagaa VaazhalaamLetchumanan Kurunath
1956 Nalla Veedu TamilKalaimathiye En KaadhalKrishnamurthi & Nagaraja Iyer R. Balasaraswathi Devi
1956 Paasavalai TamilMalarodu Vishanaagam.... Needhi Idhuthaanaa Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
1957 Bhaktha Markandeya TamilAnbin Uruve Neeye Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi
1957 Karpukkarasi TamilKaniyo Paago Karkando G. Ramanathan M. L. Vasanthakumari
1957 M.L.A. TamilKaaman Kandu MogamPendyala Nageswara Rao Jikki
1957 Magathala Nattu Mary TamilKannukku Naere Minnidum Thaarai R. Parthasarathy S. Janaki
1957 Makkalai Petra Magarasi TamilOndru Serndha Anbu Maarumaa K. V. Mahadevan Udutha Sarojini
1957 Samaya Sanjeevi TamilGama Gamavena Narumanam Veesudhe G. Ramanathan Jikki
1957 Sathiyavan Savithri TamilEdhuko Indraanandham S. Rajeswara Rao & Babu Rao S. Varalakshmi
Raavelano S. Varalakshmi
1957 Soubhagyavathi TamilThatthajam ThatthitthajamPendyala Nageswara Rao
1958 Illarame Nallaram TamilMarane Un MalarkanaiK. G. Moorthy P. Susheela & S. Janaki
1958 Kudumba Gouravam TamilSerum Kaalam Vandhachu Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy K. Jamuna Rani & L. R. Eswari
1958 Thirudargal Jakkirathai TamilAzhage Unnai Kandom K. V. Mahadevan S. Janaki
1959 Arumai Magal Abirami TamilThanga Niram Idhazh Sembavalam V. Dakshinamoorthy P. Susheela
1959 Aval Yaar TamilPudhu Azhagai Rasikka Varum S. Rajeswara Rao Jikki
1959 Azhagarmalai Kalvan TamilPoonthendrale Vandhiduvaai.. Kanindha kadhal B. Gopalam P. Susheela
1959 Deiva Balam TamilAdichchaa Adi Vayitthile AditchchidanumG. Aswatthama A. L. Raghavan
Malarodu Vilaiyaadum S. Janaki
En Manavaanil Aadum Rani S. Janaki
Nilavathu Thavari Pennaai Maari S. Janaki
1959 Engal Selvi TamilUnnai Nambi Aval Irundhaal K. V. Mahadevan
1979 Inikkum Ilamai TamilMaalai Mayanginaal Shankar–Ganesh S. P. Sailaja
1979 Kadavul Amaitha Medai TamilThendrale Nee Pesu Ilaiyaraaja
1986 Oomai Vizhigal TamilTholvi Nilayenna Ninaitthaal Manoj–Gyan & Aabavanan Aabavanan
1989 Poo Manam TamilSilaneram Yedhedho Nadakum Vidyasagar
1992 Naalaya Seidhi TamilUyire Unnai Idhayam Adithyan Sangeethakatti
1993 Airport TamilUyire Unnai S. P. Venkatesh
2004 7G Rainbow Colony TamilIthu Enna Maatram Yuvan Shankar Raja
2010 Ayirathil Oruvan TamilPemmanae G. V. Prakash Kumar Bombay Jayashri

Death

Sreenivas died of a massive heart attack at home in Chennai on 14 April 2013 at the age of 84. He was cremated on the next day. He was survived by his wife and children. [13]

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