Veteran carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna passed away
Veteran carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna passed away in Chennai on Tuesday at the age of 86.
He is born in East Godavari district in current Andhra Pradesh. He started his professional musical journey at the age of 6 under the tutelage of Parupalli Ramakrishnaiya Panthulu. He gave a full-fledged concert at the young age of 8 at a Thyagaraja Aradhana in Vijayawada. The boy, then named Muralikrishna, was conferred the title of ‘Bala’ by distinguished Harikatha performer Musunuri Suryanarayana Murty Bhagavatar. He has been known as Balamuralikrishna then on.
He is credited with innovating the tala system with Thri Mukhi, Panchamukhi, Saptha Mukhi and Nava Mukhi. Besides being a vocalist, Balamuralikrishna also played the viola, mridangam, and kanjira.
Balamuralikrishna acted as Narada in Telugu movie ”Bhakta Prahalada”. He has rendered some unforgettable playback songs too. He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan in 1991. Singer, performer, instrumentalist Balamuralikrishna was also the recepient of Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. Condolences poured in for the legendary singer as news of his demise broke.