The nightingale of India M S SUBBULAKSHMI
Child prodigy turned into the icon of India1916 -2004
BirthBorn on 16th September, 1916 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, in a family that had a musical background.Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi was fondly known as M.S
Early stageLittle Kunjamma was introduced to Carnatic music at a very early age.
She released her first album at the mere age of 10.
Public performancetraining - classical carnatic music under the famous Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer .learnt Hindustani classical music under Pundit Narayan Rao Vyas. first public performance at the age of eight at Kumbakonam Mahamaham.
First recordingAt the age of ten released her first recording. Later continued learning carnatic classical music under Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Hindustani classical music under Pandit Narayan Rao Vyas.
Music AcademyThen M.S went to the Madras Music Academy and gave a stunning performance at the age of 17.
ActingM.S entered into the film in dusty as an actress in Sevasadanam. (1938)Her male role as Narada in the movie Savitri was appreciated (1941)
MeeraHer most memorable film, Bhakta Meera became popular for all her melodious, famous, ever green Meera bhajans. (1945)
CareerShe attained much acclaim and success in films, but they did not appeal to her after some time. She quit films and continued to give public performances and concerts.
MarriageIn the year 1936, she met Sadasivam who was a freedom fighter. They both got married after four years in 1940. Mr Sadasivam has been a pillar of support throughout her career in the world of music.
Many languages - one voice Apart from her mother tongue Kannada, she has performed in different languages in Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi with variety of musical forms.
Popular works'Suprabhatam' (Early Morning Hymns)Bhajagovindam' (admiring Lord Krishna) composed by Adi Shankaracharya'Kurai OnrumIllai', composition of RajagopalachariVishnu Sahasranamam' (1000 names of Lord Vishnu) 'Hanuman Chalisa' (prayer of Lord Hanuman)
DoctorateReceived Honorary Doctorate from Indira KalaSangeet Vishwavidyalaya in Khairagarh Madhya Pradesh - 1979
Colour MS BlueThe Kancheepuram saree shade MS Blue is named after this legendary singer and musician
Awards1940 Isai Vani, conferred by Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and Rajamaanikkam Pillai Padma Bhushan -1954Sangeet Natak Akademi Award -1956Sangeetha Kalanidhi -1968 The HinduRamon Magsaysay award -1974Padma Vibhushan -1975Sangeetha Kalasikhamani -1975 -The Indian Fine Arts SocietyKalidas Samman -1988Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration -1990Lifetime Achievement Award - 2004
Ramon Magsaysay awardMS - first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, Asia's highest civilian award, in 1974. Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru once said of MS "Who am I, a mere Prime Minister before a queen, a queen of music."
UN India - stamps
A commemorative postage stamp on her was issued on December 18, 2005, by the Indian Government
UN will be releasing a stamp commemorating her service to music
Bharat Ratna- 1998
She was the first musician to receive this award.
Cultural AmbassadorCultural Ambassador of India, visited London, New York, Canada and the Far East.
MilestonesHer musical concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York (1977)The UN General Assembly on UN day (1966)the Royal Albert Hall, London (1982) and the Festival of India, Moscow (1987) were important milestones in her career.
TirupatiShe was honoured as Asthana Vidhwan of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) has installed a bronze statue of M.S. Subbulakshmi at the Poornakumbham circle in the temple town.
PhilanthropistThe prestigious awards brought her money which was donated for charityperformed - 200 charity concerts raising - worth millions of rupees. The royalties received from her records - donated to charitable organizations and trusts.
Many names She was known by various nicknames the Queen of MusicNightingale of Indiathe Eighth Tone of Music the Goddess of Perfect Note
TitlesKishori Amonkar called her the"aathvaan sur",Lata Mangeshkar called her "tapaswiniBade Ghulam Ali khan called her "Surswaralakshmi Subbulakshmi" Sarojini Naidu conferred upon her the title of"the nightingale of India."
DepartedThis great soul departed on 11th December 2004 in Chennai (age 88 )
Thank you Dr Chandrika SubramaniyanNatyanjali & TACA