Harikatha legend, Brahmashri T.S. Balakrishna Shastrigal (popularly known as TSB) was renowned for his soul-stirring discourses on the Indian sacred texts such as the Mahabharata and the Bhagavatam, in addition to his own creation, the Tyagaraja Ramayanam. As has been the practice since TSB’s demise in 2003, his family celebrates his birth anniversary around Krishna Jayanti — his birthday — each year by releasing audio recordings of his live discourses.
This year, TSB’s sons — director, writer and actor Mouli, and Creative Director S.B. Khanthan — and their families will celebrate the luminary’s 92nd birth anniversary on 4 September.
The family, in association with Swathi Soft Solutions, has released rare recordings of TSB which include Tyagaraja Ramayanam - live 22 hours; a unique unfurling of Dikshitar Charitram titled Guru Guha Jayati; Shrimad Bhagavata Saptaaham; an English discourse recorded in the United States on Saint Tyagaraja’s pilgrimage and so forth. This year, Swathi Soft Solutions will release a special retrieval from the archives of TSB’s Mahabharatam that was performed many decades ago. The 23-hour recording has been carefully resurrected by well-known audiographer Raghunathan.
The twin-CD MP3 pack will be released by Hon Justice V. Ramasubranian and the first copy will be received by Padma Vibhushan awardee Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman on Sunday, 4 September, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Tatvaloka Hall, Eldams Road, Chennai.
The CD release will be followed by a discourse on Rukmini Kalyanam by Upanyasa Chakravarti Srivatsa S. Jayarama Sharma, brother-in-law of the legend.