Ms Subbulakshmi Biography Age And Career

An article on Ms Subbulakshmi and about her achievements and bhajans which are famous in all hearts till today.

The famous MS Subbulakshmi, a Carnatic musician. The Indian Nightingale was the name given to her. She used her wonderful interpretation of bhajans, or religious songs, to enthral, hypnotise, and transport listeners to other worlds.

The future MS Subbulakshmi (Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi), Kunjamma, was born there on September 16, 1916. She comes from a family who enjoys music. Her grandma Akkammal played the violin, and her mother was a veena artist.

MS Subbulakshmi began studying Carnatic music at a young age. She made her singing debut when she was eight years old and went on to perform in concerts, a venue often designated for men. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer was her first instructor in Carnatic classical music, while Pandit Narayan Rao Vyas was her teacher for Hindustani classical music.

At the age of 17, Subbulakshmi was performing solo concerts, including important appearances at the renowned Madras Music Academy, a hub for the study and advancement of Carnatic music. She wed Rajaji follower and freedom fighter T. Sadasivam in 1940. He was very important in helping her career.

Ms Subbulakshmi Biography
Biography On Ms Subbulakshmi

Career Of Ms Subbulakshmi 

Early on, Subbulakshmi started playing around with music. She had her first theatrical performance and her first recording when she was ten years old. She made her stage debut at the Madras Music Academy at the age of thirteen. She appeared in a few Tamil films after making her cinematic debut at the age of 22.

As India’s cultural ambassador, she performed and travelled the globe. She received numerous significant honours for her great contribution to Carnatic music, including India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 1998. Additionally, she received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as Asia’s Nobel Prize.

M. S. Subbulakshmi studied Carnatic and Hindustani classical music under Pandit Narayanrao Vyas and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, respectively. When she was ten years old, her debut album was released. She had her first public performance in Kumbakonam’s Mahamaham festival six years later, when she was sixteen. 

The next year, she sang at the famed Madras Major Academy, which is known for studying and promoting Carnatic music. Subbulakshmi sang in a variety of languages in addition to Kannada, her native tongue, including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Sanskrit.

Subbulakshmi eventually stopped acting in movies and committed herself entirely to stage appearances and music concerts. She travelled to various nations like London, New York, Canada, and the Far East as India’s Cultural Ambassador. Important turning points in her career included her musical performances at Carnegie Hall in New York (1977), the UN General Assembly on UN Day (1966), the Royal Albert Hall in London (1982), and the Festival of India in Moscow (1987). Subbulakshmi sang in front of each idol in the Rameshwaram temple in 1969, accompanied by S. N. Venkata Rao, advisor to Indian Railways.

Subbulakshmi Bhajan List 

These are some of the most popular Bhajans of subbulakshmi

Raga Dwijavanthi (Chetah Sri Balakrishnam Bhaja)

Masterworks From the NCPA Archives

Raga Mishra Jogiya (Ghadi Ek Nahi – Bhajan)

Masterworks From the NCPA Archives

Raga Hamsadhwani (Guruvandanam, Vathapi Ganapathim)

Masterworks From the NCPA Archives

Marakatha Vadivum

Legends Never Die

Mangalamum Peruvar

Legends Never Die

Bhajo Re Bhaiya

Mere To Girdhar Gopal

Maiya Mori Main Nahin Makhan Khayo 

Mere To Girdhar Gopal · 1986

Ram Milan Ke

Bhajan Shree

Suneri Main Ne Nirbal Ke Balram

Surdas Bhajans

Vishnu Sahasranamam

Bhaja Govindam – Vishnu Sahasranamam

Vishnu Sahasranamam

Bhaja Govindam – Vishnu Sahasranamam

Raga Bhairavi (Kamakshi [Swarajathi])

Masterworks From the NCPA Archives


Radio Recitals Vol 2 – M.S. Subbulakshmi

Pyare Darshan Di Jo – Bhajans

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