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When SPB tuned a number on coronavirus, its deadly effects

Ironically, before he tested positive for coronavirus, singer S P Balasubrahmanyam composed music and sang a Tamil song to create awareness about the deadly pathogen with the lyrics brimming with confidence that mankind would eventually win over the pandemic.

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 25-09-2020 19:04 IST | Created: 25-09-2020 19:04 IST
When SPB tuned a number on coronavirus, its deadly effects

Ironically, before he tested positive for coronavirus, singer S P Balasubrahmanyam composed music and sang a Tamil song to create awareness about the deadly pathogen with the lyrics brimming with confidence that mankind would eventually win over the pandemic. "I composed this number. Let us listen to this... it is not more musical, it is more lyrical," he had said months ago in his foreword to the song, penned by renowned lyricist Vairamuthu.

Popularly known as 'SPB', he had in the three-minute plus video post urged his fans to pay attention to the depth and import of the words and act accordingly to help prevent the virus spread. The song that begins with "Corona, Corona," goes on to explain that though the virus was pretty small in size, smaller than an atom, it was deadly like an atom bomb and it infected people stealthily.

The rendition by Balasubrahmanyam, who died on Friday at a hospital here days after testing negative for the virus, also attached importance to avoiding physical contact, following hygiene and other aspects aimed at avoiding the pathogen. The 74-year old singer switched to a higher pitch while singing verses laced with confidence that human race would annihilate coronavirus and emerge victorious and the song ended on that note.

SPB later tested positive for coronavirus, but even then he was confident he would recover..


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