BENGALURU: Renowned playback singer in Kannada and national awardee, Shivamogga Subbanna passed away in Bengaluru on Thursday. Subbanna (83) was admitted to Jayadeva Hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday afternoon and failed to respond to the treatment.
Hailing from Shivamogga, Subbanna was trained in Carnatic music.
However, his passion was towards the Kannada Sugama Sangeetha (Light Music). He was the first Kannadiga to win the national award for playback singing for his song ‘Kaadu Kudure Odi Banditta’ in the film Kaadu Kudure in 1978 directed by Jnanpith awardee Chandrasekhara Kambara.
Besides a career in music, Subbanna had also served as an advocate and a notary public.
An exemplary singer, Subbanna was known for his wide contribution to Kannada Sugama Sangeetha (Light Music) world.
Composing traditional raaga based music for poems of renowned Kannada poets Kuvempu (KV Puttappa), Da Ra Bendre, KS Narasimha Swamy, GS Shivarudrappa and others, Subbanna took poetry to the common masses