By Narayan Sadagopan
At a time when Carnatic music was becoming 'out of fashion' among youth in the late 60s and early 70s, Balamurali did a phenomenal job in roping in young enthusiasts into the Carnatic music fold. We had just started a new Sabha in IIT and to our surprise Balamurali agreed to perform for us and needless to say our Central Lecture Theatre was packed as never before. There were several north Indians and 'mod' guys who would only wield guitars and saxophones in the audience. When he sang slokas and viruttam, some of my friends were able to write down the sahitya as his pronunciation was crystal clear. He certainly belongs to the club of golden greats of Carnatic music.