M Rafi Ahmed
Getting an honour during one’s lifetime is something great. Words cannot express the amount of happiness SPB had when he released his special postal cover at his hometown Nellore in Andhra Pradesh on November 1, 2018. Thanks to the Department of Posts, Nellore division for making this possible.Former Chief Post Master General (CPMG), Andhra postal circle K Balasubramanian, a resident of Coimbatore NGGO Colony, while speaking to this scribe recalled the day when SPB released the special postal cover at an event held at the jam packed Nellore collectorate golden jubilee hall (Potti Sriramulu Nellore District) where his bosom friends and admirers had gathered in large numbers.Since Nellore was close to his heart as he grew up alongwith his friends in this historical city (earlier known as Vikrama Simhapuri), Ex-CPMG said that he was really moved all through the event seeing his scores of his friends and lots of admirers and added that SPB after the release got 500 special covers as a remembrance.Meanwhile, he said that the Department of Posts, Nellore division is planning to re-release the special postal cover of SPB following requests from philatelists and public. Balasubramanian said that he is credited to be the first CPMG in the bifurcated Andhra postal circle headquartered in Vijayawada.
Sources in Nellore said that SPB during his teens used to practice singing with his friends Srinivasulu and Kammaiah at the Swatantra Park on the Trunk Road in the city and they were understood to have staged theatre performances in the 60s. And SPB’s family moved to Nellore city, he is said to have regularly visited a gramophone record shop on Trunk road to listen to songs. Meanwhile, retired postmaster Kovaipudur N Hariharan suggested Ravishankar Prasad, Union Minister for Information Technology and Communications to release commemorative stamp on SPB, who united music lovers across generations and regions through his soul stirring songs.