Carnatic music legend Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna dead

'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara' singer Balamuralikrishna, was not keeping well for a while now.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2016 7:00 pm

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Legendary Carnatic musician Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna passed away on Tuesday, his family confirmed. He was 86. According to reports, he was not keeping well for a while now. Balamuralikrishna was a Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer and actor. He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour, apart from several honours for his contribution towards Indian Art.

A native of Sankaraguptam in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, he began singing at the age of six and was also good at  playing the flute, viola and violin. Bala was made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005.

For most of India, he is best known for his appearance in the iconic song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara”.

Watch the song “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” here.

Balamuralikrishna has performed over 25,000 concerts worldwide. His best collaborations have been with other legends like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Hariprasad Chaurasia and Kishori Amonkar. Balamuralikrishna has also penned over 400 compositions in Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada and Tamil.

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First Published on: November 22, 2016 5:53 pm
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    DoGood
    Nov 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm
    Legend Ped away* nobody can replace him. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You will always stay in our hearts through your music. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;May his soul rest in peace.
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      Mahesh
      Nov 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm
      Tears. What a lose. May his soul rest in peace.
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        archie
        Nov 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm
        RIP!! Great Personality great loss to the music world!!
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          Ashutosh Aggarwal
          Nov 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm
          He was by far the best male Carnatic vocalist, the void he left will be difficult to fill. Why we have to lost such precious person, I wonder. RIP
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            Kasi Sivabalan
            Nov 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm
            Thanga ratham thadam puatha?lt;br/gt;(Did the golden chariot got derailed?)
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              I V
              Nov 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm
              Irreparable loss. Rest in Peace........
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                K Narayana Pillai
                Nov 22, 2016 at 2:35 pm
                May his soul rest in peace. His songs will live ever and will inspire future generations.
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                  KRISHNA KUMAR
                  Nov 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                  A Legend In Vocal Carnatic Has Ped Away, and Has Gone Into The Eternal World Of Music.
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                    N.Ramanathan
                    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                    A legend, who had left a mark in the Music world. We can't forget his immortal songs, sung in many languages. RIP, sir!
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                      navaneeth
                      Nov 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm
                      May his soul rest in peace. His music will stay with us for ever.
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                        k giridhar
                        Nov 23, 2016 at 6:27 am
                        He was a Universal Religion. Ever to be remembered.
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                          Narasimharao Pasumarti
                          Nov 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm
                          Present generation and several generations to come will have his company in music. Retired persons will spend hours, surely--not to mention real connoisseurs. Hundreds of his recordings available on internet will be a source of pleasure.
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                            Ram Sekhar
                            Nov 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                            May he test in peace
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                              V. Rajagopal
                              Nov 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm
                              A child prodigy, Balamurali krishna blossomed into a great genius in music in traditional style with multifarious talents. He will be remembred for his devotional songs. A composer himself of intense knowledge in Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil he ruled the carnatic music world as a king. His master pieces are many both in carnaic ongs and film music. As Asthana vidwan of Tirumala he devoted many songs at the lotus feet of Lord Venkateswara. His demise an irreparable loss. He was loved and admired all through the country and abroad. May his soul rest in peace
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                                Reghu Rnair R Nair
                                Nov 22, 2016 at 5:42 pm
                                homages......u will live in our hearts through your music..
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                                  Radhakrishnan Pillay
                                  Nov 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm
                                  This is not a good day for me....really saddened to learn of the ping of my guru Dr M Balamurali Krishna....there is very little I can say at the moment except that he gave joy to so many millions and at the moment it is unthinkable that that voice is now silent. Goodbye Guru Ji
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                                    xyz
                                    Nov 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                                    He was the Greatest of Carnatic vocalists.
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                                      shailendra
                                      Nov 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm
                                      RIP to legend ,
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                                        Vedic_Citizen
                                        Nov 22, 2016 at 1:29 pm
                                        Legend like M S Subbalikshmi
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                                          sreedhar
                                          Nov 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm
                                          death is unstoppable. But, we wish, people like Balamuralikrishna leave through generations and enrich their life with their music.
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                                            Sudhakar
                                            Nov 23, 2016 at 10:05 pm
                                            A greater loss to Carnatic music for years to come. I just can't imagine any other voice rendering Tyagaraja pancharatnas or utsava sampradaya kirthanas.
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