EVENT Gururao Deshpande All India Music Festival is on January 22

T he 28th Gururao Deshpande Rashtriya Sangeet Mahotsav – All Night Mehfil is being organised on January 22, at the Indian Institute of Science Gymkhana to mark the event of “Guru Gandharv – 2011”. The performing artistes are Tejendra Majumdar on the sarod, Vinayak Torvi, Shantanu Bhattacharya and Kaivalya Kumar on vocals, and D. Balakrishna on the Carnatic veena.

M. Balamuralikrishna, the renowned Carnatic maestro of the country will be conferred upon the “Gururao Deshpande Rashtriya Sangeet Puraskar” with the title “Guru Gandharv for 2011” during the mehfil. Born in Sankaraguptham in Andhra Pradesh it has been said of him by Swami Chinmayananda, “It is not frequent that a nation discovers a Balamuralikrishna in its history”. He was a child prodigy born to musician parents Suryakanthamma and Pattabhiramayya and became a versatile, popular vocalist and composer at the young age of fifteen years itself. At the tender age of sixteen, he composed songs in all the seventy two Melakartha ragas, considered the very foundation of our music and perhaps all other music on earth.

He is endowed with the ability of being an accomplished instrumentalist in addition to being a vocalist. He plays the violin, viola, khanjira, veena and mridangam with equal ease. M.Balamuralikrishna also did a comparative study of ragas in film music and classical music and presented the same in Doordarshan. Being the first producer for All India Radio, he is also known for pioneering early morning broadcasting called ‘Bhakthi Ranjani'. In fact it is very difficult to find words to express in exact terms Dr.M. Balamuralikrishna's rich contribution to the Indian classical music, especially his sustained efforts that were responsible for resurrecting ragas which were not in vogue like Narthaki, Sunadavinodini etc., besides creating new ragas like Lavangi, Mahathi, Manorama, Murali, Omkari, Prathimadhyamavathi, Rohini, etc., He is also credited with innovating tala systems. He has also presented Rabindra Sangeeth for preservation for future by All India Radio.