New Delhi: Singer-actor S.P Balasubrahmanyam, who passed away last year following coronavirus complications, was conferred the Padma Vibhushan posthumously on Monday.
The recognition came 10 years after the celebrated musician was awarded the Padma Bhushan.
In a career spanning over five decades, SPB won six National Film Awards for Best Male Playback Singer and 25 Nandi Awards. Balasubrahmanyam was revered by fans across age groups for his unparalleled contribution to Indian music.
He held a Guinness World record for singing over 40,000 songs.
Sculptor Sudharshan Sahoo was also honoured with the Padma Vibhushan. The Odisha sculptor is a National Award winner and also a recipient of Padma Shri (1988).
Singer K.S Chithra, with more than 25,000 tracks across languages to her credit, has been awarded the Padma Bhushan.
The singer’s ability to deliver both innocence and maturity, and to ace high notes has stood her apart from her contemporaries.
The names from Indian cinema to have been named as Padma Shri recipients include Malayalam lyricist Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, Gujarati film stars Maheshbhai and Nareshbhai Kanodia (posthumously) and singer Bombay Jayashri Ramnath.