P.B.Sreenivas- The Singer
Prathivadi Bhayankara Sreenivas was born on 22th September 1930, He was a veteran playback singer of great repute. He was born in Kakinada in East Godavri District of Andhra Pradesh. He had sung around 3000 songs in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Tulu and Konkani films. He was well 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 films that he has sung the highest number of songs. He was Born in Kakinada, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. His ancestors belongs to Pasarlapudi village. He is also the descendant of Prathivadhi Bhayankaram Annangaracharya, a 15th-century Vaishnavite saint who wrote the famous Venkateswara Suprabhatam. In an interview, Sreenivas said that it was through his mother’s singing that he knew about Indian classical music. During his educational days, he had a habit of listening to radio. Mohammed Rafi was his favourite singer.
It was his maternal uncle Kidambi Krishnaswamy who introduced sreenivas to music when he was 12. He was a drama artist and a singer. Krishnaswamy knew about his nephew’s interest in music, and thus he gave him a chance to sing in a drama.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, He sang a super hit song sung by Mohammed Rafi. It was ‘Huye Hum Jinke Liye Barbad’, from Deedar (1951), composed by Naushad Ali. Sreenivas made his début in 1952 in Gemini’s Hindi film Mr. Sampat. Sreenivas sang duets and triplets with Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum and Jikki apart from leading a chorus song. His first song Aji hum Bharat ki naari”, a duet with Geeta Dutt, became popular. ‘Mr. Sampat’ based on the novel in the same name, written by R. K. Narayan.
In Kannada, he achieved great success through Bhakta Kanakadasa starring Super Star Dr.Rajkumar. The song Baagilanu teredu of the film was a very big hit. His first solo hit came in the movie Prema Pasam in which he also sang a duet with P. Susheela. His first song for Rajkumar was in 1956 film Ohileshwara. He was highly appreciated by critics, fans and the industry. In the Tamil industry, The most memorable hit of this duo was ‘Nilave ennidam nerungathe’. He had sung for other actors as well .He sang the popular duet in Hindi Chanda Se Hoga Wo Pyaara ,with Lata Mangeshkar in the film Main Bhi Ladki Hoon in 1964. In Pava Mannippu, Sreenivas sang “Kalangalil Aval Vasantham” written by Kannadasan and set to music by the music duo M. S. Viswanathan – T. K. Ramamoorthy. The film Adutha Veettuppen of Anjali Pictures carried some of his songs. His devotional songs include “Sharadha Bhujanga Stothram”, “Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham”, “Mukunda Mala”, “Shri Mallikarjuna Stotram” and Purandaradasa compositions. His “home away from home” was the Woodlands Drive-In restaurant in Chennai where one could frequently spot him sit quietly writing poetry. He had headed many music related organizations such as being the president of Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram.
Sreenivas entered Malayalam film industry within two years after entering the other three South Indian film industries. There are still confusions that in which film did he sang first in Malayalam. There are two arguments. The first argument is that his first Malayalam song was Amma (1952), while the other argument it was in Puthradharmam (1954). But, his actual first Malayalam song was in Harischandra (1955), The song was ‘Mahal Thyagame Mahithame Ninte Margam’, written by Thirunainar Kurichi Madhavan Nair and composed by Brother Lakshmanan. Most of his Malayalam songs were composed by M. S. Baburaj and G. Devarajan. Though Sreenivas had hit numbers in all the languages that he sang, it was in the Kannada Film Industry that he sang the highest number of songs in his career and it was in the Kannada Industry that he delivered the highest number of hit songs. PB Sreenivas ruled the Kannada Industry for over three decades and was the voice for many Super Stars though his combination with Dr.Rajkumar created history.He was instrumental in shaping the Kannada identity like Dr.Rajkumar and Dr.Vishnuvardhan.He has sung thousands of songs and most of his songs were big hits. He has the credit of lending his voice for the most popular ever green songs of the Kannada Cinema.
Sreenivas was also a good poet. He was fluent in eight languages – Telugu (His mothertongue), Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, English, Sanskrit and Urdu, and wrote poems in all these languages. His biography named `Madhurya Saarvabhowma Dr.P.B. Srinivas’ and was penned by Mr.R. Srinath it was released on 7th May 2013 at the Palace Grounds, He died on 14 April 2013 due to heart attack at the age of 82 in Chennai.
Kannada Rajyothsava Award
Dr Rajkumar Souhardha award
Karnataka Nadoja Award.