Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Popular Jugalbandis by M. Balamurali Krishna!

Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna is a very well-known Carnatic music vocalist, a multi-instrumentalist and a playback singer. He is also acclaimed as a poet, composer and respected for his knowledge of Carnatic Music. Born on 6 July 1930 at the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, he was initially named Murali Krishna at birth. Balamurali Krishna turned out to be a child prodigy, who began staging musical shows from the age of five.  It was the distinguished Harikatha performer, Musunuri Suryanarayana Murty Bhagavatar, who added 'Bala' to the name of young Muralikrishna.(Photo: Dr. Balamurali Krishna & Pt. Bhimsen Joshi).

Music happened to be in the blood of Balamurali Krishna as his father himself was a popular musician and could play the flute, violin and the veena, whereas his mother was a skilled veena player. As such, little Balamurali Krishna mastered a number of instruments within a short time. He was presented the All India Radio's "Top Grade" for seven different performance areas.

M Balamurali Krishna also happens to be the only Indian musician ever to win National Awards for classical music, music direction and film playback singing. The life history of the musical career of Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna is interesting. He composed the Raganga Ravali that's a detailed work on the 72 Melakarta scheme when he was merely 14 years old. By 16, he had mastered all the 72 Melakarta ragas and composed kritis in all of them. Also he is said to have composed as many as 400 Carnatic musical compositions.

Kishori Amonkar- Balamurali Krishna- RaagYaman

M. Balamurali Krishna, Hariprasad Chaurasia (from ks1729 on Vimeo). Jugalbandi - Raag Mohanam/Bhoop 

All throughout his life, Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna has performed at concerts in numerous countries across the globe like USA, Canada, UK, Italy, France, Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Middle East and so on. Balamuralikrishna started his career at a very young age. Till date, he has given over 25000 concerts worldwide! (Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Balamuralikrishna).

His immense versatility in all the fields of music, his mesmerizing voice, his unique way of rendering the compositions helped him to carve out a niche in the Music era. He collaborated with the top musicians in the Hindustani circle and is known to be the first to start the "Jugalbandi" type of concerts. The first of such kind was in Mumbai, where he accompanied Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. He also gave jugalbandi concerts with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Kishori Amonkar, among others. These concerts made him popular throughout the country and also helped in national integration through music.

Jugalbandi - Pandit Jasraj and Dr. Balamurali Krishna

The Legends Pt Bhimsen Joshi & Dr Balamurali Krishna live in concert.
Raga Bhairavi.

Poet composer and musicologist, Balamuralikrishna has restored the trinity's composition to their original whole. He represents a new era in Carnatic music. Like the galaxy of giants preceding him, he has helped in the preservation of the musical heritage in his own way. He is also known for popularizing the Compositions of Sri Bhadrachala Ramadasa and Sri Annamacharya.
Though his mother tongue is Telugu, he sings also sings in Kannada, Sanskrit, Tamil etc... (Source: http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/mngalampalli-balamurali-krishnam.html)

Dr M Balamurali Krishna -Pt. Ajay Chakravarthi
There are 6 songs and Song number 2 has 6 parts - Total 11 songs Jagul Bhandhi
Courtesy: Podhigai / National TV "vathapi ganapathim".

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