Carnatic Music Current Affairs

Veteran Carnatic Music exponent M Balamuralikrishna passes away

Legendary vocalist, playback singer and composer Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna passed away due to age-related geriatric problems in Chennai. He was 86.

He was considered as doyen of classical music. During his long musical career he had excelled as a prominent Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer and actor.

About Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna

  • Balamuralikrishna was born on 6 July 1930 in Sankaraguptam, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh.
  • He had started his musical journey as a child prodigy at a tender age of 8. Since then, he has performed in over 25 thousand concerts.
  • He had innovated the whole Carnatic music system by keeping its rich tradition untouched. The ragas like Ganapathi, Sarvashri, Mahati, Lavangi etc. were credited to him.
  • He also had composed over 400 compositions in various languages including in his native tongu, Telugu and in Kannada, Tamil, Sanskrit, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi.
  • His compositions range from Devotional to Varnams, Krithis, Javalis and Thillans, in all the fundamental 72 melakartha ragas to film music.
  • He made his acting debut with Bhakta Prahlada (1967) as Narada and also has acted in various films including Kananda
  • Awards and Honours: Padma Vibhusan (1991), Mahatma Gandhi Silver Medal from UNESCO (1995), France’s Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He is also a recipient of Filmfare awards and National Film Awards for best music direction and playback singing.


Violinist A Kanyakumari, first female violinist to get Sangita Kalanidhi Award

Renowned violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari from south India was selected for the prestigious 2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award.

With this, she becomes first female violinist chosen in the history of this prestigious award. She will be bestowed with the award on January 1, 2017.

She will also preside over the 90th annual conference of the Music Academy scheduled from December 15, 2016 to January 1, 2017.

So far eight male violinists have been bestowed with this award. They are M. Chandrasekaran (2005), M. S. Gopalakrishnan (1997), Papa KS Venkataramiah (1962), TK Jayarama Iyer (1960), T. Chowdiah (1957), Marungapuri Gopalakrishna Iyer (1955), Karur Chinnaswamy Iyer (1950) and Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai (1948).

About Avasarala Kanyakumari

  • She is a violinist from South India and specializes in Carnatic music.
  • She is native of Vijayanagaram in Andhra Pradesh and has an experience of over 50 years as an accompanist, soloist and teacher.
  • She has created seven ragas under the title Saptadri , seven names of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati, Mahalakshmi, Tirumurti and Bharat.
  • Awards and Honours: Padma Shri (2015), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2003).

About Sangita Kalanidhi award/title

  • Sangita Kalanidhi award/title is a prestigious award bestowed annually upon an expert of Carnatic Music by the Madras Music Academy.
  • The award’s name has been derived from Sanskrit which means treasure of Music and art in English. This honour is considered one of the highest awards in Carnatic music.