Carnatic music legend Balamuralikrishna passes away
Legendary Carnatic vocalist Balamuralikrishna died in Chennai on Tuesday. He was 86. Balamuralikrishna was a multi-instrumentalist, composer and playback singer than a just a run-of-the-mill vocalist. He is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters.
Balamuralikrishna was born in Sankaraguptam in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. He started learning Carnatic music in his early childhood and at the age of eight, he gave his first solo performance. He had given around 25,000 concerts around the world and composed over 400 film songs in various languages. He had also accompanied several singers on the violin.
He was among the many artists featured in the late-1980s national integration anthem Mile Sur Mera Tumhara.
He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Sri for his contributions towards Indian art. In 2005, he was made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. He had won many other national and state awards for his contributions in music.
Twitter was awash with many people bemoaning the loss and paying homage to the deceased star. The hashtag #Balamuralikrishna trended at number 1 in India.