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”.
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.