TDIM - P. Sreenivasan was born - 22nd Sept
September 22, 2013 @ 19:56 pm
P. Sreenivasan was born
Prathivadi Bhayankara Sreenivas was a veteran playback singer from India. He was born in Kakinada in East Godavri District of Andhra Pradesh. He had sung around 3000 songs in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Tulu films. He was known for his playback singing in the Kannada, Telugu and Tamil film industries. He had sung in all the main languages of the country but it is in Kannada that he has the highest number of songs in his career.
Sreenivas took the first footstep to the music field when he was just 12. His maternal uncle, Kidambi Krishnaswamy, was a drama artist and a singer. Krishnaswamy knew about his nephew's interest in music field, and thus he gave him a chance to sing in a drama. But, it was his father Phanindraswamy's wish was to make him a Government officer. When Phanindraswamy asked an astrologer about this, he told that Sreenivas did not have a bright future in music field. But, instead of believing in the astrologer's words, he believed in his son's confidence.
Later, Sreenivas went to Gemini Studios, Chennai. Emani Sankara Sastry, a famous Veena player, was one of the residing musicians. Sastry was also one of the family friends of Sreenivas. 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' in 1951, composed by Naushad Ali.
Apart from music, Sreenivas was also a poet. He was fluent a multilingual poet. He sang many poems during many programmes. In 1997, when popular Indian singers K. J. Yesudas and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam came with him to the famous musical meet called 'Lakshman Sruthi', he wrote a poem within a few seconds praising both singers. He learnt Urdu from an Urdu scholar. He wrote two Urdu ghazals for the Tamil movie Nandu in 1981, directed by J. Mahendran. They were 'Kaise Kahoon Kuch Kehna Sakoon', sung by Bhupendra and S. Janaki and the other was 'Hum Hain Akele', sung by S. Janaki alone. He also wrote and composed two English poems in 1969, praising the landing of man on the Moon. They were titled 'Man To Moon', a solo by himself and the other was 'Moon To God' a duet with S. Janaki. The gramophone records of these songs were sent to the then United States President Richard Nixon and Neil Armstrong, the man who first landed on the moon. Sreenivas was praised by both people.
However, Sreenivas died of a heart attack on the 14th of April 2013 at the age of 82.
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