Sivamani started his music career at a very young age and he considered SP Balasubrahmanyam to be his godfather when he started his professional career. He is saddened by the demise of his Guru but he says that his music and voice will always be with the music lovers. In a recent interaction with Bollywood Bubble, Sivamani also shared with us the last voice note sent by SP Balasubrahmanyam to him.
Remembering his guru, Sivamani said, “He has given not only to me but to all the music lovers. He was like a baby. 35 years I travelled with him and I learnt how to respect musicians, he never talked bad about anybody. That is the biggest quality of my master. He just left us like that and it’s a big loss but his voice and music are with us. 20 years back I played one song and when he was singing the antara (words), there he mentioned that ‘Even my body is going, my voice and music will always shine’. When I played the song I didn’t want to see my Annaya dying but he died. It’s a big shock and loss.”
His wife Runa Rizvi added, “I used to call him Guruji and father in Chennai. He used to tell me ‘I’m your father in Chennai and anything you come to me. Every time he used to tell Sivamani ji ‘I’m proud of you son’. He loved him a lot.”
Talking about the last voice note, Sivamani said, “He sent me a note saying, ‘Siva on my birthday (which was on June 4) don’t send any bouquet and don’t celebrate because I don’t want all these because all the musicians are suffering due to the lockdown’. I took video bytes of all my band members and made a video wish and sent him on his birthday.”
SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on September 25 after a long battle with health complications that was due to the coronavirus infection. He was 74.