The Magic of P.B.Srinivas

A short while ago, as we were on Apple’s iTunes digital media store to buy a Hindi song Duniya Ki Sair from Around the World in eight dollars) and that old Tamil classic Ninaipathellam Nadanthuvittal (from Nenjil Oru Alayam) for our iPhone our mind wandered on a nostalgic trip to the many happy moments spent listening to the grand old man of South Indian music P.B.Srinivas.

Here are some of our P.B.Srinivas favorites in the Tamil language.

Mayakkama Kalakkama
– Lovely song from the maestro

Kannalae Pesi Pesi – one of our all-time P.B.Srinivas favorites

Ninaipathellam Nadanthuvittal – While we got the original on iTunes, YouTube only had this imitation

Nilavukku Enmel Ennadi Kopam – the movie is Policekaran Magal

Illamai Koluvirukkum -from Hello Mr. Zamindar

Roja Malarae Rajakumari – fine song from the 1962 film Veera Thirumagan

The cognoscenti know that the magic of P.B.Srinivas is not restricted to the Tamil language.

Here are some of P.B.Srinivas’ classsic songs in Kannada.

Nee Bandu Ninthaga
– from the movie Kasturi Nivasa

Binkada Singari – from the 1963 Black & White Rajkumar film Kanyarathna

Ninade Nenapu Dinavu – Picturized on Raj Kumar and Aarti in Raja Nanna Raja

Bare Bare Chandada – From the 1972 movie Nagara Haavu featuring Vishnuvardan

Endendu Ninannu Maretu – from the Rajkumar hit Eradu Kanasu

Panchama Veeda – The movie is Gejje Pooje

Thamnam Thamanam – Again from Eradu Kanasu

23 Responses to "The Magic of P.B.Srinivas"

  1. shuaib68   July 12, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Oh yeah! He’s wonderful. Your list contains the most famous of his hits. “Ninaipedallam, nadanduvittal” is one of my favourites of PBS. Like TMS he’s evergreen. We simply cannot forget him no matter how many ARR’s and how many MJ’s are born afterwards. These singers are our Elvis, Engelberts and Frank Sinatras. Responds:

    Listening to Ninaipedallam on the iPhone speaker as we type this with Baked cauliflower marinated in a sauce made of olive oil, green chilli, ginger, garlic, sweet onion and jeera as an accompaniment.

    Ninaipedallam is worth the 99-cents we paid for it.

  2. shuaib68   July 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I must add some to the above list:
    (Some, I’m not sure, his)

    Kaalangil aval vasantham,
    Kalaye yen vaalkayai thisai maatrinal,
    Arugil vandhal urugi nindral anbu thandaalay,
    Mayakkum maalai poluday nee po po,
    Enna Paavai undan paarwei unnai arindhal,
    Mullil Roja Kan undhan Roja Kanpadadha Roja, Responds:


    Unfortunately, many of P.B.Srinivas’ great Tamil songs do not have YouTube links.

  3. nakul   July 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Mustafa Mustafa – Kadhal Desam Responds:


    Connection with P.B.Srinivas?

  4. nakul   July 12, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    sing it slowly, u almost get Mayakkama.

    whole song fits.

  5. joeantony   July 13, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I love his duet with tms.. “pon ondru kanden” Responds:

    That’s a nice one too.

  6. boopalanj   July 13, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Another lovely song is – ‘Manidhan enbavan, dheivam aagalam..’ Responds:

    Yes, another nice song. Just listened to it.

    Gunam, gunam adhu kovil aagalam…

  7. boopalanj   July 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

    “our mind wandered on a nostalgic trip to the many happy moments spent listening to the grand old man”

    Hints at your age ๐Ÿ˜‰ Responds:

    As we’ve said many times, we’re in the evening of our lives. The autumn years.

    This blog will last 3 or 4 years max. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Albert Camus   July 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    if at all I get the urge to listen to PBS, I go to Responds:

    Listening to Orey kelvi, orey kelvi endhan ninjile from above link as we type.

  9. boopalanj   July 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Btw, For most of PBS songs, KV Mahadevan was the music director.. Responds:

    Thanks for that tidbit.

  10. boopalanj   July 13, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    “This blog will last 3 or 4 years max”

    Oh My god, There comes the end of blogging era.. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Responds:

    Not to worry.

    Before we bid adieu, we’ll pass the baton to like-minded souls. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. boopalanj   July 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Wiki has it that his name PB Sreenivas stands for – “PrathiVaadhi Bayangara Sreenivas”..

    He also worked with the duo Viswanathan-Ramamurthy, in Tamil and Ghantasala in Telugu.

    I thought KV Mahadevan was from AP soil, but just now came to know he was from Kanyakumari.

    “Before we bid adieu, weรขโ‚ฌโ„ขll pass the baton to like-minded souls”

    I thought it was passed to you an year back, since some older posts tone was very different.. Responds:

    1. Wonder if P.B.Srinivas is as popular in Andhra Pradesh as he’s in Tamil and Kannada?

    2. You write: I thought it was passed to you an year back, since some older posts tone was very different..

    Are you suggesting that we’re mellowing with age? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. boopalanj   July 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I have seen his interviews in telugu [sun network] channels. Also heard the telugu counterparts of the above songs [Remakes were part of indian film industry for ages]. He is equally famous there too.

    Wiki says that he’s fluent in as many as eight languages..! Responds:

    May he live long.

  13. satya   July 13, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Some more great songs of PBS

    I feel there is soo mmuch melody and love in his voice Responds:

    Tumba Channagide Swamy (Nice ones, buddy).

    Added Bare Bare, Thamnam Thamnam and Ninade Nenapu Dinavu to the above list.


  14. meenal   July 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

    you can also download some of his beautiful songs at:

    cheers Responds:

    Listening to Manithan Enbavan….Manam, Manam Adhu Kovil Agalam as we type.

  15. ratnakar   July 18, 2009 at 6:07 am

    He has sung some excellent songs in Telugu also. He had his own distinctive style.

    This song is Oho Gulabi Bala, lovely piano tuning. It is from an old NTR-Jamuna starrer Manchi Manishi. The person singing the song is K.Jagayya, one of the finest actors in Telugu movie industry. He loves the heroine( Jamuna), she however is in love with NTR, who happens to be a crook. The song is a sort of advice to the heroine, not to be carried away by such rogues.

    One thing i really loved about songs in older movies, was the way they were integrated into the narrative, and had a purpose, unlike today’s movies, which keep cramming songs and item numbers, just for the heck of it. Responds:

    Nice song in your link. Thanks.

  16. yourmate   July 18, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    If TMS was the voice of MGR and Sivaji, PBS was the voice of Gemini (AM Raja initially . In kannada he was the voice of Dr. Rajkumar. PBS and GK Venkatesh was a deadly combination and churned out some great songs in Kannada.

    This is the song from the movie OOMAI Vizhigal. A very good song.

    I heard he also sang in one of the latest movies, not sure which movie is that. Responds:

    Yes, Tholvi Nilai Yena is a fine song. Listening to it as we type.

  17. BigBangTheory   July 19, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Are you going to review Achchumandu Achchumandu? Responds:

    Not sure. We have yet to see the movie.

    Have you seen it? Did you like it…if yes, why?

  18. Albert Camus   July 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

    PBS has sung in the yet to be release “Aayirathil Oruvan”..

    but it is mostly dominated by Bombay Jayashree.. I like this song.. will probably start loving it if I listen on a real music system. Responds:

    The video in the link is not working/has been removed.

  19. Albert Camus   July 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

    could bigbangtheory by Arun Vaidyanathan.. I think he lives/lived around your area. Responds:

    We think he lives in NJ (according to Wiki).

    But hard to say whether bingbangtheory is Arun Vaidyanathan.

    You see, on the Internet nobody knows whether you’re a dog or Arun Vaidyanathan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We still haven’t seen Achchamundu Achchamundu.

    We had made plans to go to DC/VA for the weekend and only later did we come to know this movie was releasing on Friday. By that time, it was too late to cancel our DC/VA trip.

    Most likely we won’t watch it any time soon because we’ve got other irons in the fire now.

  20. shuaib68   August 4, 2009 at 11:01 am

    This news is on the great Kishore Kumar. Today happens to be his 80th birthday anniversary. Responds:

    We grew up listening to Kishore Kumar.

    Who can forget the Kishore Kumar classics like Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Kab or Roop Tera Mastana or Zindagi Ek Safar or Mere Bhige Bhige or Gadi Bula Rahi Hai or Chalte Chalte or Tum Aa Gaye Ho or Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai or Ina Mina Dika O Meri O Meri or Yaadon Ki Barat or O Mere Soni or a million other classics.

    Picking the number of Kishore Kumar classics is akin to counting the stars on a clear night. Far too many for mere mortals.

    Kishore Kumar was non pareil.

  21. shuaib68   August 4, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I’m big, big fan of Kishore Kumar.

    During my teenage years I had this habit of mine to listen to golden oldies of hindi songs of Kishore, Mohd. Rafi…etc., before I go to sleep. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp., (SLBC) airs Hindi Songs from 11pm to 12 midnight. They have this fine choice of cool numbers …boy…I think SLBC is very good at good selection numbers to suit that mood of the night. Oh,..wonderful days….simply unforgettable. Kishore!!! where art thou???? Responds:

    We used to listen to Radio Ceylon too a lot those days. They’d have Hindi songs from 7:45AM to 9AM (we think).

    Remember Binaca Geetmala and Amin Sayani?

  22. geminisridhar   September 12, 2009 at 11:59 am

    it is very interesting to see many PBS followers here.

    Being a fan of Gemini Ganesh i used to meet PBS Sir in some occassions. Devi sri devi a song sung by him in devi film and it was so nice. he was not aware that the song was sung by him for a long time he said once. It was very interesting to hear.

    Friends kindly help to get nenjam alai modave kangal kulamagave song in Manamaalai Responds:

    WTF is Manamaalai?

    We googled the word and found ‘marriage service for Tamils’ in the top results.

    Doesn’t it seem a little late in the day to look for a bride for PBS. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. fugitive143   September 22, 2009 at 2:15 am

    You forgot ‘Nilave ennidam nerungadhey…nee ninaikkum idathil naan illai’..thats my fav! Responds:

    Yes, that’s a nice one too.

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