Watch Carnatic musician Balamuralikrishna passes away Video on Youtube Channel.Carnatic vocalist, playback singer and composer Mangalamapalli Balamuralikrishna, who burst into the music world as a child prodigy, died on Tuesday. He was 86 and is survived by his wife, three sons and three daughters.
His music appealed to both the connoisseurs and the laymen alike. In classical music, he was able to give “play acting” to the essence of the lyrics in his song. In the film world, ‘Oru Naal Pothuma’, a ragamalika in Thiruvilayadal, ‘Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran’, a Reetigowla-based song in the film Kavikuil, ‘Mounathil Vilayadum Manasatichye’ from the film Noolveli and the Abhogi song ‘Thanga Ratham Vanthathu’ from the film Kalai Koil continue to enchant a generation of music lovers.
A native of East Godavari district of the erstwhile Madras Presidency, his father Pattabiramaiah was a musician and his mother Sooryakanthamma was a veena player. He gave his first concert when he was nine and the quality of his music is explained by the fact that All India Radio (AIR), Chennai, included him, a child artist, in the list of A-grade artists.
He was also an accomplished violinist and once accompanied Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, the pioneer of the modern-day Carnatic concert format.
Balamuralikrishna learnt violin by listening to his father playing the instrument.