Here's a DVD that reveals some interesting facts about the genius.
G.N. Balasubramaniam. The image that comes to mind is that of a dashing, silk-clad, diamond sporting man whose voice can move Carnatic music lovers even today.
But there are other facets of this personality which are equally fascinating and present a more rounded picture of the great musician.
‘GNB: Legend Immortal,' a DVD put together by Rupa Gopal, captures these facets on film, like his love for Hindustani music, his legendary generosity, his passion for good food, jewellery and perfumes, his obsession for punctuality and above all, his single-minded devotion to and reverence for Carnatic music.
Valuable insights are offered by fellow musicians and friends such as T.N. Krishnan, Lalgudi Jayaraman, Palghat Raghu, Trichur Ramachandran, Sulochana Pattibhiraman, Umayalapuram Sivaraman and Mandolin Shrinivas.
Priced at Rs.500, a booklet titled ‘GNB: The Stuff of Legends,' comes free with the DVD, which contains snippets and anecdotes which Rupa has compiled after talking to family and friends of the maestro. For details, call 28110046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here are some snippets about GNB that could whet your appetite for more:
* GNB would present a new, well-practised kriti every year at the Music Academy.
* He was a good painter. He had sketched MS in ‘Sakuntalai’, and the Senate house, brick by brick.
* GNB loved to buy fine pens, stationery and watches. One of his prized possessions was a pen embellished with gold and with a double adjustable nib.
* Palghat Mani Iyer and GNB were inseparable friends. They shared a perfect rapport on and off stage. They were both compulsive shoppers, and loved picking up jewellery - Mani Iyer for his wife and GNB for himself!
* GNB used to practise his mannerism in front of a mirror to ensure perfect stage presence.
* At a friend’s upanayanam, he played tambura for his manasika guru, Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar.