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Balamuralikrishna (1930-2016): An Ode to a maestro

Cartoon: Keshav

Cartoon: Keshav  

The voice that captivated the hearts of the people of Vijayawada three quarters of a century ago, has gone on to captivate audiences around the world in many genres of music — Carnatic classical, film, devotional, folk and jugalbandis.

Carnatic vocalist, playback singer and composer Mangalamapalli Balamuralikrishna, who burst into the music world as a child prodigy, passed away on November 22, 2016.

 

 

The strengths of Balamuralikrishna include a musical acumen which showed up as his ability to retain and reproduce music heard just once, his ability to handle more than one musical instrument, his ability to compose from the age of 15 and finally, his gifted voice manifested as his ability to utter clearly, pronounce faithfully and accent correctly the lyrical phrases along with the nuances of the underlying musical notes and microtones.

 

A look at the musical genius's work.

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