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…based on R.K. Narayan’s novel in 1952, thanks to his father’s friend Eemani Sankara Shastry, who scored the music for the film.
While still struggling to get a toehold in the film industry, his real break came when music director G. Ramanathan gave him a chance to sing playback for Gemini Ganesan in Veerapandiya Kattabomman .
The song was ‘Inbam Pongum Vennila’ with P. Susheela. Adutha Veettu Pen proved beyond doubt that Sreenivas was going to secure an established place in Tamil film music.
Three songs in the film—‘Kannaley Pesi Pesi Kollathey’, ‘Vanitha Maniye’ and ‘Maalayil Malarsolaiyil’—became super hits. G. Ramanathan gave him another number in Kappalottiya Tamizhan and the song was Bharathi’s ‘Kaatru Veliyidai Kannamma’.
“But it took some time for him to replace A.M. Raja as a playback singer for Gemini Ganesan, though he rendered many mellifluous songs,” said Vamanan, author and Tamil film music historian.
In a condolence message, Tamil Nadu Governor Rosaiah said Sreenivas had left his rasikas spellbound with his melodious voice, while his devotional songs carried one to the realm of divinity.
Irreparable loss: CM
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said PBS had sung in 12 languages and his voice added further mellifluousness to film songs.
“PBS can also mean Playback Singer. His death is an irreparable personal loss to me and to the film world as a whole,” she said.