My article on PB.Srineevas was published on Tamilweek.com
21 April 2013, 9:40 pm
Memories of Yesteryears (2): P.B. Sreenivas (1930-2013)
P.B. Sreenivas (Sep 22, 1930-Apr 14, 2013)
Early last week when my spouse turned from the computer to give me the sad news of the veteran play back singer P.B. Sreenivas (PBS)passing away, the news didn’t hit me at that time until 48 hours later as I was listening to PBS songs as usual.
As a fan of Tamil movie melodies PBS’s soothing voice has been in the background of my growing up big time!
Baby-boomer generation of children, born between 1946 -1964 from the Indian sub-continent are accustomed to listen to songs on the short- wave radio, from a “tea-kadai” or barber saloon on their way to school unless the family was privileged enough to own a LP record player or the good old big armed His Masters Voice gramophone. This was the pre-era of audio tapes, compact discs, MP3 or MP4. Baby -boomers of that era from Jaffna heavily relied on the commercial services of the Radio Ceylon (now SLBC) and Trichy, Chennai and Vivitha Bharathi radio stations from South India for their daily dose of melodious entertainment.
An interesting article reported on BBC news (Mumbai) today about a man who has an obsession with gold! Bombay resident is willing to fork out quarter of a million on a gold shirt. I bet he will be glowing in the dark.
‘The sad truth is that Melka’s story is not unique. In Ethiopia, it’s estimated that 60 percent of girls will be married illegally before they turn 17. And early marriage is a problem worldwide — particularly in developing countries, where 1 in 3 girls is married before age 18, and 1 in 7 before age 15.’