As a teenager in the late 1960s, I became familiar with P.B. Srinivas by listening to the songs Ilamai Koluvirukkum, Manidan Enbavan and Kaalangalil Aval Vasantham. My immediate impulse was to learn Tamil just to hum the songs. In the process, my friends and I enjoyed listening to a number of his other hits. PBS’s versatility as a singer was not limited to Tamil. His songs in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi are equally famous. His flair for learning languages was uncommon. He learnt Urdu and penned ghazals which he sang in his concerts. P.B. Srinivas was known for his modesty and sense of humour.
V.S. Prakasa Rao,
The passing away of the legendary singer has created a void in the Indian music industry. He was undeniably one of the best singers with resplendent talent and a humble personality. PBS wrote an English song “Man to Moon; Moon to God” and composed music for it when Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. He sent the recording of the song to Armstrong, who wrote a letter of appreciation to him.
PBS will be remembered as an icon in the south Indian film music world. The maestro who became popular by his unique style of singing with great tenderness leaves behind a void that would be hard to fill for a long time to come.
All his songs have an arresting quality. His death may seem to mark the end of an era, but he will remain a shining example. His songs such as Mayakkama Kalakkama and Nilavukku En Mel Ennadi Kobam struck an emotional chord with music lovers.