List of awards and nominations received by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

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S. P. Balasubrahmanyam pictured in 2013

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam is an Indian playback singer, who is well known for his work in South Indian films. Making his playback singing debut in 1966 through the Telugu film Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna, he has since recorded over 40,000 songs in multiple languages of India; he holds the record for most songs recorded by a male playback singer.[1][2] During his career he has won six National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and one Filmfare Award (resulting from four nominations).

The first of his National Award came for his work in the 1979 musical film Sankarabharanam. Two year later he entered the Hindi film industry through Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), winning the award for the second time. He also received a Filmfare nomination for Best Male Playback Singer for the film. In the subsequent years, he won the National Film Awards for Saagara Sangamam (1983) and Rudraveena (1988)—both Telugu films. In 1989, he received his first Filmfare Award for Maine Pyar Kiya. He won the first of his four South Filmfare Award for Subha Sankalpam, a film which he produced. His first Filmfare Award in the playback singing category came for Sri Ramadasu (2006), followed by Mozhi (2007) and Aaptha Rakshaka (2010). Balasubrahmanyam is also a recipient of numerous state awards; 25 Nandi AwardsBest Male Playback Singer, Best Music Director, Best Male Dubbing Artist and Best Supporting Actor categories. He has also won four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Karnataka State Film Awards. Other honors for his singing career include Lata Mangeshkar Award, Sangeetha Ganga Award, Film Fans' Association Award. In addition, he has also been honoured with Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2011), the fourth and third highest civilian honours by the Government of India. Apart from his singing career, Balasubrahmanyam has also worked as an actor, music composer, voice actor and film producer.

Civilian honours[edit]

Year Award Honouring body Ref
2001 Padma Shri Government of India [3]
2011 Padma Bhushan Government of India [4]

Other honours[edit]

Year Award Honouring body Ref
1981 Kalaimaamani Government of Tamil Nadu [5]
1999 Honorary Doctorate Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University
2008 Karnataka Rajyothsava Award (Second Highest Civilian honor of Karnataka) Government of Karnataka [6]
2009 Honorary Doctorate Sathyabama University, Chennai
2009 Kalaprapoorna (Honorary doctorate) Andhra University
2010 Honorary Doctorate JNTU Anantapur
2017 Kala Pradarshini Ghantasala Puraskar The Ghantasala family & Kala Pradarshini, Chennai

National Film Awards[edit]

Year Film Song Language Outcome Ref
1979 Shankarabharanam "Om Kaara Nadhaanu" Telugu Won [7]
1981 Ek Duuje Ke Liye "Tere Mere Beech Mein" Hindi Won [8]
1983 Saagara Sangamam "Vedam Anuvanuvuna" Telugu Won [9]
1988 Rudraveena "Cheppaalani Undi" Telugu Won [10]
1995 Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai "Umandu Ghumandu Ghana Gar Je Badara" Kannada Won [11]
1996 Minsaara Kanavu "Thanga Thamarai" Tamil Won [12]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Year Film Song Outcome Ref
1981 Ek Duuje Ke Liye "Tere Mere Beech Mein" Nominated
1989 Maine Pyar Kiya "Dil Deewana" Won [13]
1991 Saajan "Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai" Nominated [14]
1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! "Hum Aapke Hain Koun" Nominated [15]

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Year Award Film Song Language(s) Outcome Ref
1983 Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South - - - Won [16]
1986 Outstanding Achievement As a Playback Singer - - All Regional South Languages Won [17][18]
1995 Best Film Subha Sankalpam Telugu Won [19]
2005 Best Male Playback Singer Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana "Ghal Ghal Ghal Ghal" Telugu Nominated [20]
2006 Best Male Playback Singer Sri Ramadasu "Adigadigo Bhadragiri" Telugu Won
2007 Best Male Playback Singer Mozhi "Kannal Pesum Penne" Tamil Won
2008 Best Male Playback Singer Panduranga "Matrudevobhava" Telugu Nominated
2009 Best Male Playback Singer Mahatma "Indiramma" Telugu Nominated
2010 Best Male Playback Singer Aaptha Rakshaka "Gharane Ghara Gharane" Kannada Won
2011 Best Male Playback Singer 7aum Arivu "Yamma yamma" Tamil Nominated

South Indian International Movie Awards[edit]

Year Award Film Song Language(s) Outcome
2013 SIIMA Award for Best Playback Singer (Male) Sri Rama Rajyam Jagadananda Karaka Telugu Nominated
2017 SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award) Various films Various songs Various languages Won

Nandi Awards[edit]

In 2012, he received the NTR National Award for his contributions to Indian cinema.[21]

Year Film Category Outcome Ref
2012 Mithunam Nandi Special Jury Award Won
2009 Mahatma Best Singer Won
2005 Pellam Pichhodu Best Singer Won
2003 Seetayya Best Singer Won
2002 Vasu Best Singer Won
2000 Raghavayyagari Abbai Best Singer Won
2000 Sri Sai Mahima Best Dubbing Artist Won
1997 Annamayya Best Dubbing Artist Won
1997 Priyaragalu Best Singer Won
1996 Pavithra Bandham Best Supporting Actor Won
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Best Singer Won
1993 Mister Pellam Best Singer Won
1992 Bangaaru Mama Best Singer Won
1991 Chanti Best Singer Won
1989 Neerajanam Best Singer Won
1987 Abhinandana Best Singer Won
1986 Sirivennela Best Singer Won
1985 Mayuri Best Music Director Won
1985 Mayuri Best Singer Won
1984 Suvarna Sundari Best Singer Won
1983 Bahudoorapu Baatasaari Best Singer Won
1981 Premabhishekam Best Singer Won
1979 Shankarabharanam Best Singer Won
1978 Naalaga Endaro Best Singer Won

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Year Film(s) Category Outcome Ref
1969 Adimaippen, Shanti Nilayam Best Singer Won [5]
1980 Nizhalgal Best Singer Won [5]
1990 Keladi Kanmani Best Singer Won [5]
1994 Jai Hind Best Singer Won [5]

Karnataka State Film Awards[edit]

Year Film(s) Category Outcome
1997-98 O Mallige Best Male Playback Singer Won
2004-05 Srushti Best Male Playback Singer Won
2007-08 Savi Savi Nenapu Best Male Playback Singer Won

Other awards and honors[edit]

  • Film Fans' Association Award (Madras)—oldest association in the country—received 20 times
  • "Sangeetha Ganga Award", for his contribution to Kannada Film Industry in 2001[22]
  • "Lata Mangeshkar Award" in 1999
  • "Sangeeta Ganga award" in 2001
  • Delhi Telugu Academy's Rashtriya Vikas Shiromani Award (Lifetime) in 2002
  • "Dr. Bezawada Gopala Reddy Award", given during a function in Nellore in 2002
  • "Lifetime Achievement Award" conferred during "TVS Victor Aalaapana Music Awards" function for the years 2001 and 2002, in Hyderabad in 2002
  • "Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas" award in 2002
  • "Rani Rao Balasaraswathi Award" in 2003
  • "Arya Bhata Prasasthi" in 2003
  • "Kalasri Award" in 2004
  • "Best Playback Singer" from Maa TV, Cinemaa awards in 2004
  • "Viswa Ganayogi" From Karnataka Chief Minister in 2005
  • Raja-Lakshmi Award from Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation, Chennai in 2006
  • "Best Playback Singer" from Vijay TV, Reliance Mobile Vijay Awards in 2006
  • "Tansen Award" Sur Singar Sanjad (Bombay) for best classical rendition of a song from Tere Payal Mere Geeth composed by Naushad Sab
  • "Best Playback Singer" from Santosham awards for the film Sri Ramadasu in 2006
  • "Lifetime Achievement Award", presented by Santhosham awards in 2007
  • "Basavashree Award" from Karnataka Government[23]
  • "A.P. Cinegoers Association Award for Best Singer" for Sri Bhagavatham (serial on ETV) in 2007
  • "Sangeetha Saagra" from Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Kanchipuram in 2008
  • "Karnataka Rajyotsava Prasasthi" from the Government of Karnataka on 1 November 2008
  • Innumerable awards from magazines and associations fostering films
  • "Lifetime Achievement Award" presented by Telugu Association of North America (TANA) in Chicago session in 2009
  • "P. Susheela trust National Award" Presented on 29 November 2009
  • "Kopparapu Kavula Puraskaram"from Kopparapu Kala Peetam, Visakhapatnam on 9 September 2009
  • "Lifetime Achievement Award", presented by Raagalaya Music Awards (27 February 2010 at Shanmukhanad Hall, Mumbai) in 2010
  • Ghantasala Award in 2010
  • Great son of the soil award from Justice Rajesh Tandon,Chairperson Cyber appellate tribunal New delhi at All India conference of intellectuals in Hyderabad on Saturday in 2010
  • ANR Lifetime achievement award from Akkineni Nageswara Rao in 2010
  • "Pride Of Indian Cinema" from Yuvakalavauhini, Hyderabad on 30 June 2010
  • "Best playback Singer" award from "Gemini Tv Ugadi awards" 2010 for the serial "Kotha Bangaram"
  • Vamsee Film awards 2010 "Best Playback Singer(male)" for the film "Mestry"
  • "BIG Kannada Entertainment Awards" for the most entertaining "TV host of the year" and the programme "Yede Tumbhi Haaduvenu" being declared as the most entertaining reality show of the year
  • "Santosham awards 2010" Best Playback Singer(male) for the film "Mahatma"
  • "Lifetime Achievement Award" - 2011 presented by Lux Sandal CineMAA Awards on June 19, 2011 in Hyderabad.[24]
  • "Isai Thendral" - Title conferred to S P Balasubrahmanyam by Botswana Tamil Cultural Association - Executive Committee (2011-2012) on April 14, 2012 in recognition towards his continuous dedication,contribution and commitment to the Indian Music and Film Industry.
  • The Hyderabad Times Film Awards 2011- Best Singer male for Jagadanandakaraka - Sri Ramarajyam.[25]
  • "Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema" given by STAR Vijay in 2011.
  • "Harivarasanam Award 2015" by kerala government.[26]
  • Tamizhan Award 2017 by Pudhiya Thalaimurai


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