into a family that was steeped in music, Damal Krishnaswami Pattammal
was among the first women to find acceptance in what was a strong
male bastion - Carnatic vocal performance. In a career spanning
seven decades, Pattammal mesmerised audiences with her 'from-the-heart'
singing. Not known for experimentation, she brought greater depth
to the tried and tested repertoire.
Apart from her impeccable Sanskrit renditions, Pattammal comes into
her own when she sings in her mother-tongue - Tamil. She has also
been acclaimed as an involved teacher. Among those who benefited most
from her training were her brother D K Jayaraman and her daughter-in-law
Composer and Instrumentalist 'Padmashri' Balamuralikrishna
is acknowledged as a multidimensional musical genius, who transcends
the limits of what can be achieved.
He was born in a small village, Sankaraguptam at Andhra Pradesh
on the 6th of July 1930. Balamuralikrishna's father Pattahbiramayya
was a well known musician and could play the flute,violin and veena.
His mother, Suryakantamma too was an excellent Veena player.
Balamuralikrishna gave his first public recital at eight and has
since mesmerised audiences the world over with his wonderfully vibrant
and magnetic voice. He sings with an infectious happiness in his
voice. And plays several instruments (violin, viola, khanjira, veena
and mridangam) with the greatest of ease.
More significantly, Balamuralikrishna has composed new ragas. He
has enriched Carnatic music with over 400 of his own compositions.
Founder of the MBK Trust, devoted to developing art and culture,
Dr Balamuralikrishna has in his career, made his gift accessible
to all, through his considerable number of album recordings.
For more on DR M Balamuralikrishna : www.balamuralikrishna.com