M Balamuralikrishna, virtuoso of Carnatic music, passes away in Chennai

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M Balamuralikrishna

Padma Bhushan winner, maestro of Carnatic music, M Balamuralikrishna passed away in Chennai at the age of 86 on Tuesday. He was suffering from prolonged illness.

M Balamuralikrishna was well-known for his mellifluous voice and his spectaculous contribution to classical music in India and took it to international platform. In 1991, Balamuralikrishna was honored with Padma Vibhushan and he was honored with two National Film Awards (1976 and 1987), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1975, the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and many more.

He was native of Sankaraguptam, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. His father Pattabiramaiah was an exceptional musician, and his mother Sooryakanthamma was a veena player. He has made remarkable journey in music and started singing in childhood at young age of 6 and gave his first performance at the age of 9.

Veteran musician performed over 25,000 concerts across the globe. He released more than 250 cassettes that featured his work. He sang number of songs in native regional languages including Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Hindi and Odia. He also acted in several Kannada films.

He has also performed in a concert with legendry Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. No one can ever forget his iconic song ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ composed in 1988.

Video Mile Sur Mera Tumhara

M Balamuralikrishna will always be remembered for his contribution in music industry without whom the landscape of classical music would have been incomplete.

 

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