Chennai, Sept 27:
Music director Ilayaraaja, who was devastated by the death of his friend and singing legend SPB, said that he was in limitless sorrow and he lit moksha deepam at Tiruvannamalai Temple for his friend of over five decades, S P Balasubrahmanyam after body was laid to rest at his farm house in Thamaraipakkam village near Red Hills in Chennai outskirts.
In a interview SPB sharing his thoughts on Illayaraja has said ‘I have been singing for 30 years. I have sung with every music director in India. When a line comes, I definitely know how it will progress. But with you, I cannot catch it. You will go somewhere else. It is really amazing, Raja. I’m not saying this for the camera or to be modest. Very blessed person. One of the greatest music directors ever that this country has found out.
From their association singing on touring stage shows beginning in the 1970s to reaching the heights of success in the decades thereon, SPB and Ilayaraaja enthralled audiences. Where the composing genius set the framework for music that would last forever, the other’s soulful voice brought it to life, weaving magic with its ebbs and flows.
Whether it was a lovelorn hero lamenting over unrequited love or a young couple discovering love on the bus or a widower trying to impress his new-found love, SPB breathed music into the genius of Ilayaraaja who captured every aspect of life. The duo’s hits through the 1980s are among Tamil cinema’s finest productions.
PB and Ilayaraaja’s combination nabbed the hearts of millions of fans with the sheer force of their music and their love for it.
With the passing of the singer, countless music fans across the world have been reminiscing his association with the ace music composer.
Summing up their decades of association, where SPB says, “I was born for him and he was born for me.”