SP Balasubrahmanyam AKA SPB is a legendary singer and musician who has carved a special place in the hearts of people. On September 25, 2020, SPB breathed his last at a private hospital after a long battle with Covid-19. A year later, fans and family members observed his first death anniversary. To remember the legend on his first death anniversary, Cine Musician's Union conducted a special event. The event was graced by Padma Vibhushan Isaignanai Ilaiyaraaja. At the event, Ilaiyaraaja made an emotional speech about his best friend.
While addressing the gathering, Ilaiyaraaja said, "SPB's love for me can never be compared. We always showered praises on each other at every stage. I am fond of him. He also respected me and loved me ever since I played the Harmonium in an orchestra. When he was at the hospital, I released a video saying 'Get well soon Balu, come back to me soon.' Charan said that he showed the video to his father when he was conscious. SPB got emotional seeing the video and kissed the screen. Bali and I will be there in every song you listen to. It is not going to change anytime. It has been a year since he left us, but it only feels like a minute." Ilaiyaraaja then paid a floral tribute to SPB.