The Divine MS Subbulakshmi

Today is the 97th birthday of MS Subbulakshmi, the great music Icon from Madurai. She was the first woman to win the Bharath Rathna Award, the highest honor of our country. Her contributions to carnatic music are well-known. She gave her first public performance at the age of 13. Her contribution to devotional music in unparalleled. She has sung in all the south Indian languages along with Hindi, Bengali and Marathi. In her youth, she is also said to have acted in a couple of Tamil films. In the later period she quit films and devoted her life entirely to music. These are some of her much appreciated musical works.

Bhaja Govintham
Hanuman Chalisa
Kanda Shashti Kavasam.

Interesting facts:

A kanchipuram Sari clour called MS Blue is named after her.
She was acknowledged as the court singer at the Tirupati Devasthanam.
A postage stamp was released to honour her in 2005.
She was a philanthropic at heart donating most of her concert money to charitable organizations.
She was awarded a lot of honorary degrees by various universities.

A music legend who still resides among us through her undying renditions - M.S. Subbulakshmi


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