Balamuralikrishna, doyen of Carnatic Music, passes away

Raj Kamal Rao

Veteran Carnatic music singer well known Telugu classical singer- M Bala Murali krishna, 86, passed away on Tuesday in a Chennai. Murali Krishna was under medical observation for the past few days.

His held his last musical concert at the Kumbh Mela last year in Rajamundry in Andhra Pradesh.

File Photo of Veteran Carnatic music singer well known Telugu classical singer- M Bala Murali krishna

File Photo of Veteran Carnatic music singer well known Telugu classical singer- M Bala Murali krishna with President Pranab Mukherjee in New delhi

A native of Sankaraguptam, East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, he was a 5th generation descendant of the saint-composer Tyagaraja in the guru-shishya( Teacher- disciple)  tradition. He received Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards from the President of India for his contribution to classical music.

He created a special Raga in his mother’s name ‘Surya Kantha Ragam. ’ He is also known for popularising the compositions of Sri Bhadrachala Ramadasu and Sri Annamacharya.

Known and celebrated as one of India’s greatest vocalists, Balamuralikrishna was well-versed in playing the violin, the mridangam and the kanjira.

File Photo of Veteran Carnatic music singer well known Telugu classical singer- M Bala Murali krishna

File Photo of Veteran Carnatic music singer well known Telugu classical singer- M Bala Murali krishna

Krishna, who began his career at the age of six went on to give over 25,000 concerts worldwide

He was known to be a specialist in tala system with Thri Mukhi, Panchamukhi, Saptha Mukhi and Nava Mukhi in his performances.

Christened Muralikrishna, the singer got the prefix “Bala” to his name when he was eight years old and was performing a concert in Vijayawada. Balamuralikrishna’s mother was a veena player and his father was skilled in the flute, the violin and the veena as well.

Here is an interview he gave to Rajya Sabha TV.