Coimbatore: In the memory of veteran Indian Singer SP Balasubramaniam an NGO called Siruthuli decided to create ‘SPB Vanam’ (Forest) as an honour.
Siruthuli which works for the environment took the decision to create an urban forest- SPB Vanam which will be having 74 trees to commemorate the 74 glorious years of the veteran singer.
This project was virtually launched through a video messaging by SPB’s son, P Charan and sister S P Shailaja who planted a jackfruit tree and a mango tree respectively.
Also, the woods of these trees are extensively used to make musical instruments. One of the unique features of SPB Vanam was the saplings of trees, and the musical instruments were made from those wood. They had been chosen along with Sthala Vriksham dedicated to the Gods that SPB sang in praise of.
Also, a Champak tree named was also planted which is symbolic to his birth star. Another tree-Ayiyalam was also planted.
Each tree that will be planted in the SPB Vanam bears the name of a popular song sung by him.
Among the musical instruments tree which is to be planted, others are- Red Sanders, Rosewood, Neem Mahogany, Silver Oak, Sandalwood, teak, jack fruit, Mango and bamboo along with nine other fragrant trees.
The tree tribute was organised because, during his last virtual programme, he had requested his listeners to protect the environment.
Strict safety measures were followed during the event. Also, the number of participants was also reduced to a great extend.
The NGO also masks and protective shields as an added precautionary measures.
S P Balasubramaniam tested positive for COVID-19 on September 9 and was admitted at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital in Chennai.
His condition didn’t improve even after being on maximal life support. Finally, on September 25, he passed away after he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest in the afternoon.