P.B. Sreenivas, the 80-plus playback singer, is one of the few artistes who has seen the pre-Independence era to the times of the late and legendary trium virate of superstars in MGR-Sivaji-Gemini. Just like the late Mukesh Kumar’s voice is known as voice of the legendary Raj Kapoor and Tamil playback singer TMS’s voice is known as the voice of ‘MGR’ and SPB’s as the voice of Rajnikanth, PBS is known as the ‘voice’ of Gemini Ganesan.
PBS, as he is fondly referred to in film circles, has sung quite a number of songs for Gemini Ganesan in the latter’s heydays throughout the sixties. The legendary singer is to be felicitated at a grand function in Chennai to be held on the 27th of this month on behalf of Wada Infra, an event management firm run by P. Thirumalai, who is a die-hard fan of PBS.
Most of the memorable numbers churned out by PBS including Nilavae Ennidam Nerungadhae, Mayakkamaa Kalakkamaa, Chinnachinna Kannanukku, Kaalangalil Aval Vasantham, etc. have been lip-synched by Gemini Ganesan. After the song ‘Tholvi Nilaiyena Ninaithaal….’ from Aabavaanan’s ‘Oomai Vizhigal’ in the late eighties, PBS had more or less stopped singing in Tamil.
He has, however, sung in as many as eight languages. Though born in Andhra, PBS’s clear pronunciation in other languages (including Tamil) endeared him to the listeners. He is also a lyric writer indeed his favourite pastime is lyric-writing. Legendary female playback singers P. Suseela and S. Janaki, both of whom have sung many songs with PBS, are also expected to take part in the above event and sing on stage along with PBS.
The event, entry for which would be free-of-cost, would also witness present day singers in Harish Raghavendra, Tippu, Parasuram, Swetha Mohan and Mano, Unni Menon and S.N. Surendar from the bygone era.
Vijay TV is the media partner of the event, which is the first of its kind to be held in honour of one of the greatest singers ever to have set foot in Tamil Nadu!