S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A national treasure

Sruti Box

The great Balamuralikrishna will be missed by his fans and disciples. The denial of India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna to this multifaceted genius must rankle in the minds of Carnatic music rasikas. He will live through his disciples and hundreds of compositions.

A few years ago a friend hosted a small party in Chennai with MBK and wife as guests. On being asked then about his generously consuming ice cream, he smilingly said that ice cream would not affect his throat.

Two years ago, at the end of a concert in a US city, my son complimented him saying, "Your singing is just as it was forty years ago."  The maestro's response  was: "Is there no impromement at all?" 

Dr R Narasimhan

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