M.S.Subbulakshmi was a highly blessed Carnatic exponent who earned fame
all over India and abroad and spread the greatness,richness and purity of
Carnatic and Hindustani music all over the Globe.She could earn the highest civilian award of Asia and the highest civilian award of India as well.
M.S.Subbulakshmi was born in Madurai, of Madras Presidency on 16 Sept 1916.
Her mother was also a music exponent and a regular stage performer.
M.S.Subbulakshmi started to learn music from a very early stage from her mother. Then Dr.Semmangudi Sreenivasa
Iyer taught her Carnatic music and subsequently Pandit Narayanrao Vyas Hindustani music.
She was also taught by other eminent Gurus like Karaikudi Sambasiva Iyer,Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyenkar etc afterwards.Special coaching was given to her for Sanskrit.
available by HMV Recording Co. of India.She used to sing devotional songs and 'Bhajans' in all the important languages of India and music records which were released met great demand.
Her devotional songs in Hindi,Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam,Punjabi,Gujarati,Bengali Marathi, etc all earned great name and fame.
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said in praise that "Who am I, a mere
Prime Minister before a Queen, a Queen of Music".
Her renditions of bhajans( traditional devotial songs) include the chanting of "Bhaja Govindam,Lalitha Sahasra Namam,Vishnu Sahasra Namam,Venkiteswara Suprabhatham etc.
She could perform Carnatic Classical music concerts all over India and also performed
music concerts in England,U.S.A,Canada,Other European countries and Far East countries.She could travel abroad widely as the Indian Cultural Ambassador.
|Scene from film 'Sakunthala'|
M.S.Subbulakshmi got fame all over India easily because she acted and sang
songs in a few films in her youthful days.She acted in four Tamil films and Hindi version of one of them was shown all over India which was a super hit.
In her debut film 'Sevasadanam' she acted as a poor girl married to a rich old man.It was directed by K.Subramanyam and she acted along with F.G.Natesa Iyer,Jayalakshmi and Rampiary.
She acted in the film 'Sakunthala' afterwards in lead role opposite G.N.Balasubramanyam.
Her next film was 'Savitri' in which she played the male role as Saint Narada.
This film was a box Office super hit.Her sanskit bhajan 'Bruhi Mukundethi' in
this film was a very popular hit in South India.
M.S.Subbulakshmi then acted in the tiltle role of the film 'Meera' in which she
portrayed the Rajasthani poetess and Saint 'Bhakta Meera'.This film was made
in Hindi also in the name 'Bhakta Meera' and M.S. became a popular name all over India.The songs and the The
film mesmerized the public and the film was a super duper hit.
The 'Nightingale of India' Sarojini Naidu exclaimed M.S. as the 'Nightingale of
India' and she said that M.S. was a great woman artiste of India who moved the hearts of millions through her songs.
M.S.Subbulakshmi stopped her public performance after the death of her husband 'Kalki Sadasivam' in 1997.
She received Padma Bhushan in 1954
Sangeet Natak Academy Award was given in 1956
Sangeet Kalanidhi title was given in 1968
Highest Civilian Award of Asia, Raman Magasaysay Award in 1974
Padma Vibhushan was given to her in 1975
Kalidas Samman in 1998
Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration in 1990
The highest Civilian Award of India "Bharat Ratna" in 1998
She was honored as the court singer of Thirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams.
She was given honorary Doctorate from several Universities.
She raised more than 10,000,000 rupees for charity through concerts.She also
donated royalty of her best sold records for charity.
M.S.Subbulakshmi passed away on 11 Dec 2004 at Chennai.