Popular Carnatic vocalist, music composer and playback singer Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna breathed his last at his residence in Chennai on Tuesday. Film fraternity and legends of musical world have called his demise an irreplaceable loss. He was 86.
Born in Shankaraguptam in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, Balamuralikrishna was a child prodigy. His father was also a reputed musician and he encouraged him to learn music after observing his penchant. At the age of 15, Muralikrishna mastered all the 72 Melakartha ragas and also composed krithis.
He received the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honor of India, two National Film Awards and several state government awards for his contribution towards Art. French government honored him with the ‘Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in 2005.
Balamuralikrishna has over 400 compositions in several languages to his name. Though a renowned musician, he also acted in couple of films including ‘Bhakta Prahlada’ in 1967, in which he essayed the role of Narada and earned applause.