Balamuralikrishna, Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, M. Balamurali Krishna b. Sankaraguptam, Andhra Pradesh, India, July 6, is a legendary Carnatic Music south Indian classical composer, poet, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, innovator and musical iconoclast. His magnificiently rich and instantly recognizable voice extends, with perfect control, over three octaves. Balamuralikrishna has consistently displayed a mastery of classical musical traditions of India and has composed more than four hundred pieces.
Calcutta Krishnamurthy KSK mama was a well known name in our household when I was growing up in the seventies. My uncle Suresh had learnt music from him in the sixties. He formally introduced me to KSK mama. Ravi would talk a lot about his father and sing his tunes. I also got to meet KSK mama a few times. Then I heard him sing, was completely blown away and started learning from him. In the first concert that I heard him, he sang Aadugiraan Kannan in Kapi and I had to learn it immediately.
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Guru Purandara Dasa, who extracted music from the Vedas and brought it to us. Thursday, January 2, Death of karvai The heart of carnatic music is manodharma. The monarchical aspect is what defines carnatic music, and distinguishes it from the other forms of music--it is the triumph of spontaneity over the rehearsed and perfected. That is why carnatic music lives on, amid the flood of veritably more mellifluous, more soothing light music or the roller coaster thrill of rock or pop. Carnatic music appeals to the intellect, to the brain, while the rehearsed forms of music sing to the ear. So, the connoisseur doesn't care much for a coarse Chembai or nasal Semmangudi or husky Sanjay voice; nor does he place a premium on sweetness of voice say, Mahati. He looks for manodharma.
General discussion about my foray into Carnatic Music. If you are a first time reader, start at the bottom see the archives. If you read my blog from the beginning you will get a good idea about me! View my complete profile. There have been instrumental concerts in the concert hall and vocal music presented at the smaller venues but in terms of a traditional vocal concert at the concert hall, this was a first and it was Carnatic music at its finest. In the same week where the Carnatic world lost perhaps its brightest star, Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman, we had his most prominent vocal disciple performing at this world famous venue.