Vocalist Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, eminent Indian Carnatic vocalist and mutli-instrumentalist, passed away on November 22, 2016. The veteran, who was 86 years old, was awarded the Padma Vibhushan — India’s second-highest civilian honour in 1991, other than countless other honours for his contribution towards Indian art and music. His compositions include devotional thillans, javalis, krithis and varnams in all the the 72 fundamental melakartha ragas. He made his acting debut with Bhakta Prahlada in 1967, and even composed the music for the first Sanskrit film Adi Shankaracharya. Balamuralikrishna was made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005.
The legend's popular composition "Mile Sur Mera Tumhaara", among others will continue to stir our souls as they have all these years. Click through to know more about the legacy of M Balamuralikrishna. (Express archive photo)