Carnatic music legend M Balamuralikrishna passes away

Carnatic music legends Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna passed away in Chennai at the age of 86. He was not keeping well for the past few days.

Balamuralikrishna started his career at the age of six and composed over 400 compositions in various languages like Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada and Tamil and he performed in over 25,000 concerts worldwide.

Balamuralikrishna featured in the popular national integration song ‘Miley Sur Mera Tumhara’ aired on Doordarshan in which he rendered in Tamil.

The renowned singer was honored with Padma Shree, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan by the Indian government for his contribution in the field of Indian art. In 2005, the French Government bestowed the honour of Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on the singer. Born in Sankaraguptham in Andhra Pradesh, M Balamuralikrishna was well-versed at playing musical instruments like violin, viola, kanjira and mridangam.

He was a crowd-puller in Carnatic music concerts. He will also be remembered for his hit number Oru Naal Pothuma in the 1965 Sivaji Ganesan starrer Thiruvilayadal, a mythological film.