Nellore:A native of Nellore, playback singer S P Balasubhramanyam had a strong bond with his home town, especially his classmates and childhood friends.
Born on June 4, 1946 to the couple S P Sambamurthy and Sakunthalamma at Konetimpeta in Chittoor district, Balu went to primary school at Srikalahasti.
He studied in VR High School and VR College in Nellore before he enrolled at JNTU College of Engineering, Anantapur to become an engineer.
However, he discontinued his studies early due to typhoid and joined as an associate member of the Institution of Engineers, Chennai.
Though he settled in Chennai after he established himself as a singer in multiple languages, he always kept in touch with his friends and relatives in Nellore. In fact, his mother was staying in their ancestral house at Tipprajuvari Street in Nellore till her demise in February last year.
In memory of his parents, Balasubhramanyam donated the house to Kanchi Sankara Peetham to run a Veda Patasala and renovated the building, spending nearly Rs 10 lakh.
“He was planning to come to Nellore for the opening of the Veda Patasala but the corona infection upset all plans,” said Tunga Siva Prabhat Reddy, a family friend of Balu.
He said, “he has given money to his sisters in lieu of their share in the house while donating the building for Kanchi Peetam.”
Reminding that Balu’s father SP Sambammurthy was an exponent of Harikatha, a close friend of Balu’s family, Veerisetty Hazarath Babu said Balu had instal