Indian Embassy officials in Houston reportedly ensured he got a duplicate passport in 24 hours
It has been one hurdle after another for veteran playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who is in the U.S for his SPB-50 tour. On April 4, the actor posted a status on Facebook about how his bag with passports, credit cards, cash and pads of song scripts were stolen. Indian Embassy officials in Houston reportedly ensured he got a duplicate passport in 24 hours but that didn't stop the singers fans from voicing their anxiety under his post.
Following this, SPB has put up a video to explain that all was well and that he was looking forward to finish the rest of his tour.
"People are feeling bad that I am in a lot of trouble in the U.S. But please don't worry. The Indian embassy has given me a passport and I have a back-up of all my songs. We are doing a very good job,"the singer said in the video dated April 5. "I have completed nine beautiful concerts and have five more to go. I will complete the other five comfortably ," he added.
He further clarified that he was not in any form of trouble or facing any problems in the U.S. In his earlier post he thanked officials in the Indian embassy for the swift response to his complaint.
At the beginning of his tour, in March, SPB had been slapped with a legal notice by Ilayaraaja who accused of copyright violations. The Music Director claimed that his permission had not been sought by SPB and singer Chitra before the tour and forbade tham from performing his compositions. Reacting to it, SPB issued a press release pointing out that he was not aware of it and said he would refrain from singing the music directorâ€™s songs in future.
SP Balasubramaniam has sung over 40,000 songs in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada.In a career spanning over four decades, SPB has won numerous awards including four National Film Awards, four Filmfare Awards, and five Filmfare Awards. He has also been honoured with the Padma Sri and Padma Bhushan Awards by the government of India in the years 2001 and 2011 respectively.