Re- published on Monsoon Journal,Canada.
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.
for further reading click Ever green melodies of P.B.Srineevas remembered
- Veteran singer PBS passes away (thehindu.com)