Prominent members and music lovers of the Indian community joined an online event on Sunday to pay homage to Indian music legend, S P Balasubrahmanyam who died last Friday.
Popularly known as SPB, the acclaimed singer was hospitalised in Chennai due to Covid -19.
He died last Friday though he had recovered from Covid-19 several days before his death.
Many Indian community members took part in the condolence meeting and everyone who spoke on the occasion paid tribute to the versatile singer who has sung over 42,000 songs in 16 languages.
Several of them shared recollections- many of them personal- about his soulful singing as well as his commitment and dedication to his profession.
Office-bearers of the apex bodies under the Indian embassy, music fans as well as some prominent musicians from India offered condolences on the occasion and highlighted qualities of S P Balasubrahmanyam as a great singer and a greater human being.
While South Indian singer Unnikrishnan took part in the online meeting and spoke at length about the singer and his versatility, another notable singer, Unni Menon offered his tributes through a video message.
Both the singers who had been closely associated with S P Balasubrahmanyam described him as a ‘fatherly figure’ and a ‘musical genius’ who comes along once in a lifetime.
Indian Cultural Centre president, A P Manikantan, Indian Community Benevolent Forum president P N Baburaj, Indian Business and Professional Network, president Azim Abbas were among the speakers.
Manikantan noted that SPB could "transcend from one genre to another quite effortlessly" and could entertain every one of the audience during a stage performance.
Abbas and Baburaj highlighted that SPB was more than a singer and was an epitome of "dedication and commitment."
Doha Bank CEO, R Seetharaman recollected his personal association with SPB and highlighted that humility was the hallmark of the legendary singer.
He also noted how SPB was able to entertain the crowd in his public performances and he was so keen to practise fully well before any show, that at times he even skipped his daily meals before the show.
Several others, including former office-bearers of the apex bodies, music lovers from the community as well as other well-wishers of the late singer spoke at length about him.
Vinod Nair, vice president of Indian Cultural Centre and Gopal Subramaniam co-ordinated the meeting.