From busy schedule to work-life balance

Playback singer S.P. Sailaja during an interview with The Hindu in Visakhapatnam .Photo: c.v. subrahmanyam  

Remember the angry girl in the film Sagara Sangamam ? The sweet voice when Tabu called out Nagarjuna as Seenu in his romantic flick Ninne Pelladutha? And the catchy number ‘Aasaiya Kaathula Thoothu Vittu’ in Rajinikanth’s Tamil cinema Johny ?

Meet S.P. Sailaja, a versatile artiste who donned different roles as an actor, a dubbing artiste and a singer who has more than 6,000 songs to her credit. She was in the city to inaugurate a cultural association.

For a moment, one gets a feeling that she is still an aggressive woman, close to her character portrayed in Sagara Sangamam. But the impression quickly fades away when she smiles and says, “Those who meet me for the first time will think that way. However, once I get along with them, their perception changes. Probably, we might become friends by the end of this session.”

She considers that being a sibling of the legendary singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam is the best thing that has ever happened in her life. “He is a boon to our family and a great source of inspiration to all of us,” says the proud sister.

After leading a busy life in early 80s, Sailaja prefers to go at a slow pace. “Basically, I am a home bird. If given a chance, I would like to read a book or spend time with my family or take up assignments like anchoring television shows that helps me balance work-life,” says the singer with a smile.

Her television life started with ‘Swarabhishekam’ as a judge. About the new breed of singers, Sailaja says, “They are talented and smart enough to explore various avenues such as realty shows, television anchoring and film dubbing rather than just confining to playback singing.”

Pat for Vizagites

Appreciating the Vizag people for their spirit in overcoming the hard times caused by Hudhud, the singer says she is impressed to see how people came together as a family during the disaster and recovered well.

The singer has more than 6,000 songs to

her credit