Carnatic music legend Balamuralikrishna dies at 86; AR Rahman, Kamal Haasan offer condolences

Musicians, politicians and other celebrities have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to express their sorrow at the passing away of the legendary singer M Balamuralikrishna.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2016 7:13 pm

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In what can only be described as a huge loss to the world of Carnatic music, legendary singer Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 86 after a prolonged illness in Chennai. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and three sons.

According to reports, he was not keeping well for a while now. Known as ‘God’s Own Voice’, the veteran Carnatic vocalist was a multi-instrumentalist who also delved into playback singing for films, music composition and even acting. He is known to have composed the music for the first Sanskrit movie Adi Shankaracharya in 1983, along with BV Karanth.

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Recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour in 1991, Balamuralikrishna is known for his immeasurable contribution to Indian music, especially globally. So much so, he was made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005. This is apart from the plethora of other national and international awards that came his way.

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A child prodigy from Andhra Pradesh’s Sankaraguptam, Balamuralikrishna is said to be the fifth-generation descendant of saint-composer Thyagaraja in the guru-shishya parampara. In a musical career that spans his entire lifetime, Balamuralikrishna’s singing appealed to connoisseurs and laymen alike, which is well portrayed by the popularity of his film music and the iconic song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara (in which he joined a gamut of singers such as Bhimsen Joshi and LataMangeshkar) as well as ability to span the three octaves with deceptive ease.

As soon as news of his passing away was known, many took to Twitter and other social media sites to express their sorrow.

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    K K
    Nov 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm
    A beautiful era has come to an end with the sad demise of Dr.Balamuralikrishnalt;br/gt; RIP BMK
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      m v
      Nov 23, 2016 at 6:54 am
      The legend of carnatic music is no more. His singing was magical and enthralling. His 'Oru naal podhuma was so captivating and created huge fan base of different sections- little school boys to aged,city dwellers to simple village folks. It is a huge hit even today. What a voice he was gifted with,simply magical. His demise is a great loss to world of carnatic Music.Rest in peace Sir.
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        G.Chandramouli
        Nov 23, 2016 at 10:11 am
        Very saddened to hear that no words to express huge loss for me I used to hear his music from my childhood days now thoroughly miss him
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          flute vijay
          Nov 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm
          MY DEEPEST CONDOLENSESlt;br/gt;......R I P.....lt;br/gt;Had the opportunity to accompany in LIVE stage with this legend for more than 50 songs of ANNAMAYA KRITIS for THIRUMAL THIRUPATHI DEVASTANAM project.(T T D-CHANNEL).
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            Shanmugam
            Nov 23, 2016 at 6:03 am
            Great loss to Music
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              Shanmugam
              Nov 23, 2016 at 6:03 am
              Great loss to music lovers
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                S murali
                Nov 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm
                A very great loss to the Music World. His melody can even melt a stone . May his soul Rest In Peace.
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                  Vinod Srirangapalli
                  Nov 22, 2016 at 3:34 pm
                  My heartfelt condolences to the great maestro, legendary Carnatic musician Sri Balamuralikrishna Garu
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