Dec 15, 2008

Divine Grace and Voice - MS subbulakshmi


M.S.Subbulakshmi known to her rasikas as MS was an artiste who transcended the barriers of language, caste and creed and elevated music to sublime and divine heights. In the hearts of music lovers, her music remains immortal. The combination of music, beauty and bhakti elevated MS to great heights. M S Subbulakshmi is a legend who transcends time and whose golden voice brings joy and serenity whenever it is heard.

Madurai is synonymous with Meenakshi Temple.Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi was born in the temple town of Madurai on September 16, 1916, in the month of purataasi under bharani nakshathram..

Pandit Nehru once famously said, “Who am I a mere prime minister, before the Queen of Song?”

Gandhiji, once said, “I would rather hear "Hari Tuma Haro" spoken by Subbulakshmi than sung by another.”

Nightingale of India, the poet and freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu herself said "Whosoever comes under the enchantment of this singer's great gifts, will agree with me that she is not an interpreter of Meera, but Meera herself. Take her into your hearts and cherish her. You will be proud that India in this generation has produced such a supreme artist."

Dakshinamurti Pillai who played the mrudangam and the ghatam said " Didn't she sing straight from the heart and give us excellent, wholesome music? That is the kind of music which will always stay fresh, and last through a lifetime."

Her mother Shanmukhavadivu (who belonged to Devadasi clan) was an accomplished veena player.Her father Subramania Iyer was a lawyer - lived in the adjacent street with his first wife and family. Shanmukavadivu found it difficult to run the family of three children and extended relatives.The family just managed to survive. Music was in Subbulakshmi’s blood. Her grandmother Akkammal was a violin expert and mother Shanmukavadivu a veena exponent. Click to Know more about M.S.Subbulakshmi

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