Dr. P. B. Sreenivas (September 22, 1930 – April 14, 2013), was a veteran playback singer from India. He had sung in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam films. He was known for his playback singing in the Telugu, Kannada and Tamil film industries. He passed away on 14 April 2013, Tamil New year day at the age of 82 in Chennai.
Veteran playback singer P B Srinivas died on Sunday following a brief illness, family sources said. Srinivas (82) was not keeping well for the past few days and breathed his last at his CIT Nagar residence at Chennai. Srinivas is survived by two sons and a daughter. Born to the couple Phanindra Swamy and Sesha Giramma, in Kakinada, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, Sreenivas completed college with a B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) degree. His ancestors belong to Pasalapudi village.
He was fluent in eight languages (Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, English and Sanskrit) and had penned several ghazals in Telugu. Sreenivas sang duets and triplets with Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum and Jikki apart from leading a chorus song. His journey from Kakinada to Chennapatnam was not easy but challenging and cumbersome while his father wanted him to reluctantly agree for venturing in Cinema only after completion of academic endeavors. Thus he did pass graduation and Hindi- Visarath prior to get consented by his father to try fortune in films made in the then Madras. His father was forced to introduce him to famous Veena vidwan – Emani Sankara sastry who recommended for his career in films, initially in Tamil. He was introduced in Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu simultaneously in the movie Jathaka Phala (Jathakam) by R. Nagendra Rao. His Kannada and Tamil songs match the voices of Dr. Rajkumar and Gemini Ganesan respectively will be remembered for generations ahead. His devotional songs include “Sharadha Bhujanga Stothram”, “Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham”, “Mukunda Mala”, “Shri Mallikarjuna Stotram” and Purandaradasa compositions.