Prime Minister Narendra Modi was impressed with Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. On Wednesday, when Modi held a video-conference to take stock of the Covid situation in the country, his attention caught the framed portrait of Lord Venkateswara Swamy when Jagan logged in to take part in the virtual meeting. Jagan took part in the video-conference at Annamayya Bhavan. Behind him was the portrait of Lord Venkateswara neatly encased in a frame and adorned on the wall.
When the PM caught the glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara, Modi remarked, “Today, I am happy to catch a glimpse of Lord Venkateshwara through this video conference.” The Prime Minister, probably, is unaware that Lord Venkateswara pictures or portraits are commonplace in the entire Tirumala. It is natural and not surprising that Lord Venkateswara Swamy’s portrait was adorning the walls of Annayya Bhavan. Such portraits of Lord Venkateswara Swamy do not find a place in CM’s camp office in Tadipatri, a fact that probably the Prime Minister missed. Or perhaps the Prime Minister took a subtle jibe at Jagan.
On Wednesday, Jagan took part in the videoconference along with Health Minister Alla Nani and Home Minister Sucharita. Despite protests, the Chief Minister entered the abode of Lord Venkateswara Swamy to present ‘Pattu Vastrams’ on the behalf of the state government. Jagan was seen wearing traditional silk ‘pancha’ and ‘dhoti’ with the namam (insignia) applied to his forehead. After presenting the ‘Pattu Vastrams’ to Lord Venkateswara Swamy, he headed to Vakulamata for ‘darshan’. Later, he will take part in ‘Garuda Seva’. Opposition parties have demanded that the Chief Minister should respect the age-old practice of non-Hindus signing the declaration form before entering the Tirumala shrine.
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On September 25, due to illness, legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam aka SPB breathed his last. He was 74. SP Balasubrahmanyam, fondly called SPB, tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the first week of August. Because it was a mild Covid-19 case, SPB was asked to quarantine itself at home. As his family members were concerned, he chose to get himself hospitalised. On September 23, his condition deteriorated and he was considered extremely critical. On September 25, SP Balasubrahmanyam took his last breath at 1:04 PM.
SP Balasubrahmanyam is survived by Savitri 's wife and his two children-Pallavi 's daughter and SP Charan 's son. His final rites will be performed by Charan, his son. SPB was in good condition until August 13, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. That night, after he was put on the ventilator, his condition worsened. He was on ECMO and ventilator support for over a month. He tested negative for the novel coronavirus on September 13th. The untimely demise of SP Balasubrahmanyam came as a huge shock to the Southern film industry. Celebrities and fans are shocked to know that there is no longer a singer with an infectious smile. To share their grief, they have taken to social media.
A multi-talented individual, SPB was. He worked in multiple languages as a singer, actor, music director, dubbing artist, and film producer. He has recorded over 40,000 songs in several languages in his career spanning five decades. He won several awards and accolades for his mellifluous voice during his long career. In fact, he won the Guinness World Record for the highest number of songs recorded. He was awarded six times with the Nation Award for Best Male Playback Singer and 25 times with the Nandi Awards in Telugu cinema.
SPB was also awarded the 2001 Padma Shri Award and the 2011 Padma Bhushan Award.