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Dr M. Balamuralikrishna was a tireless experimenter: Komanduri Seshadri.

Dr M. Balamuralikrishna was not only an outstanding singer but a matchless composer too.


Dr M. Balamuralikrishna was not only an outstanding musician but a matchless composer too. He provided an enjoyable listening experience to lakhs of listeners of Carnatic melody. As an eminent vaggeyakara, he composed kruthis in just about all Southern tongues. His 72 mela ragas formed a new verve and virtuosity in composing and greatness of vocal. As a concert artist of unparalleled values, he gave life to ragas like Abheri, Chandrajyothi, Sunadhavino-dini, Latangi and Kalyani.

Balamuralikrishna showed his skill as a viola, violin and mrudanga vidwan and convoyed veterans like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagva-thar, Semmangudi Sri-nivasa Iyer G.N. Balasubramaniam, and Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyer. He was a trend-setter in forming values, which received acclamation from the great artists of his time. He influenced almost three age group with his Bani (style). With his pronunciation and tonal richness he allured spectators.

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He released the jugalbandi style of humming with legends of Hindustani musicians. He was the first to intone with the flute and the veena as accompaniments. He presented hundreds of compositions of the melodious trinity — Muthuswa-my Dikshitar Thyagaraja, and Syama Sastri. His voice had all the requisites of timbre, tenor and pitch, needed to exhibit the various feelings that a composition desires. He had a good kind of voice flexibility in all the three octaves.

I was closely associated with him for more than a few years. He was a caring personality for vidwans accompanying him in performances, and created memorable scenes. He could compose on the spot during concerts, enthralling the audiences. He used to strike a relationship with audiences and make their concert experience enjoyable.

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