The Indian community paid tribute to the legendary musician Dr M.Balamuralikrishna….reports Asian Lite News
Dr M.Balamuralikrishna have already left this world, but his works might stay alive for the generations to come. Memories of Carnatic vocalist and his works were brought back to the air when the Indian community paid Shraddhanjali to Padmavibhushan Dr. Mangalampalli BalamuraliKrishna who sadly passed away on 22nd November in Chennai at the age of 86.
The Shradhhanjali was organised for him by violin artist L. Nagaraju and Prabhakar Kaza in London, attended by over 125 people who paid rich tribute to the departed Maestro. Mrs. Nagamani Nagaraju, Mrs.Veena Pani Kona, Mrs.Subhatra Raguraman, Vamsikrishna Vishnudas, Balakrishnan Raghavan and Shreekantha Sarma joined the team.
The violin accompaniment was done by Nagaraju, Gnanasundaram and Balu Raguraman, on Mridangam by Balachander and Jayaraman and on Ghatam by R.Prakash and Arun Maheswaran. Students of “Sunadalayam”(Mrs.L.Nagamani), Vamsikrishna, Veena Pani and L.Nagaraju also sang in groups.
Dr.Balamuralikrishna sang on stage for 75 years of his life, an unparalleled feat in the annals of Carnatic music. He was not only a Carnatic vocalist but also a man of many talents—- musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, and character actor. His phenomenal contribution to music was recognised by a grateful nation with the award of the second highest National award—Padma Vibhushan in 1991. He leaves behind a substantial body of work—over 25,000 concerts worldwide.
During his lifetime he has popularised the poets Bhadrachala Ramadasu and Annamacharya. Apart from his mother tongue Telugu, his works also include contributions in other languages like Tamil,Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit ,Hindi,Bengali and Punjabi. He has over 400 compositions to his credit. He is one of the very few people to have composed in all the 72 Melakarta ragas and has created several Ragas and has also invented a new Tala system. His compositions encompass every facet in Carnatic music that includes Varnas, Krithis,Thillanas and Bhavageethas. A little known fact is that he sang for films and also acted in them.
Prabhakar Kaza, Santanam Swaminathan, Karaikudi Krishnamurthy, Jagatheeswaran Pillai and Mrs Geetha Kaza spoke on the occasion. Dr.Nandkumara, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,London narrated his memorable experiences with Dr.Balamuralikrishna who stayed several times at the Bhavan and taught students leaving behind a rich legacy.
The event was compered by Dr.Bhanu Sistla and videographed by Aaditya Kaza.