HYDERABAD: The prestigious Raja-Lakshmi award for 2006 will be presented to S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, popular playback singer.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000, a citation and a memento. It will be presented to the singer at a function in Visakhapatnam on November 19, according to P.V. Ramaniah Raja, managing trustee of the Sri Raja-Lakshmi Foundation in a press note.
Balasubrahmanyam will also receive Dr. K.V. Rao and Dr. Jyoti Rao award of $ 2,000 given in association with the Telugu Fine Arts Society, New Jersey. A prolific and gifted singer, Balu, as he is popularly known, is famous for his incredible vocal range, rich voice and mastery of style, technique and control.
Making a debut in Telugu film music as a singer in 1966 with `Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna,' he has rendered over 36,000 songs in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam languages.
He holds the Guinness record for the most number of song recordings by a male singer.