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Popularly known as ‘M.S.’, M.S. Subbulakshmi went from humble beginnings in Madurai to a leading exponent of Carnatic music.
Her musical journey began at the tender age of 13. At 17, with her first public performance, she broke into a hitherto male bastion.
M.S.’ forte was devotional singing – ‘Bhaja Govindam’, ‘Venkateshwara Suprabhatam’, ‘Vishnu Sahasranamam’ among her more famous numbers. She was legendary for her sublime and flawless voice, as for her memorable performance in the film Meera.
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M.S. has many firsts to her credit – the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour, and the first Indian musician to be conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
Why we find M.S inspiring
– Because she put Carnatic music on the world map
– Because her music seemed to flow from her soul
– Because every morning, South India still wakes up to her Venkateshwara Suprabhatam
– Because she was a great philanthropist
– Because, despite her large-than-life fame, she stayed humble and approachable
Pic credit: http://www.sangeethapriya.org/tributes/mss/M-S-Subbulakshmi.jpg
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