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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

P Susheela Enters Guinness Book of World Records for having sung 17695 songs in 6 languages

Versatile singer, Padma Bhushan awardee P Susheela has added yet another feather to her cap by entering the Guinness Book of World Records.

The mellifluous singer broke the previous record of 11,000 solo songs by singer Asha Bhosle to enter the Guinness Book.
In 2011, Asha Bhosle featured in the Guinness World Records for 11,000 solos, duets and chorus supported songs in over a dozen Indian languages.

The citation presented by the agency to the five-time national award winning singer read, “Pulapaka Susheela Mohan, India (1935) has reportedly recorded up to 17,695 solo, duet and chorus-backed songs in over six Indian languages since the 1960s.”

The Telugu singer, who has won awards from different states several times, has an enviable track record in the world of music.

Hailed as Gaana Kokila, the singer has sung exceptional 1,336 duets with S P Balasubrahmanyam, which is a record for the maximum number of duets by the same duo.

P Susheela has also created a record of singing over 10,000 songs in Tamil and over 30,000 songs in other languages.

On Monday March 28,2016, the singer addressed a press meet after the news broke. Welcomed with a standing ovation at the press meet, the soft-spoken singer said, “I am extremely honoured to receive this recognition. This is not the work I did in one hour or 24 hours. This is the reward for my five-decade long career.”

Recalling the details of her first national award, which she won for the song Paal Polave Vaan Meedhile (1969), she said, “M S Viswanathan sir used to tell me that I will definitely bag a national award for that song. It happened just like how he had predicted. Now, I am here with this new recognition. What more can an artiste ask for?”

Vivek Raj of Asia Book of Records gave away the certificate and a badge of honour to the singer for the most number of single studio recordings. When the crowd requested her to sing, she answered with her classic song, ‘Ennai pada sonnal, ena pada thondrum,’ from the movie Puthiya Paravai (1964)

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