Veteran singer-composer Mangalamapalli Balamuralikrishna passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. He was 86.
His music appealed to both the connoisseurs and the laymen alike. In classical music, he was able to give “play acting” to the essence of the lyrics in his song.
In the film world, “Oru Naal Pothuma”, a ragamalika in Thiruvilayadal, “Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran”, a Reetigowla-based song in the film Kavikuil, “Mounathil Vilayadum Manasatichye” from the film Noolveli and the Abhogi song “Thanga Ratham Vanthathu” from the film Kalai Koil continue to enchant a generation of music lovers.
Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao and chief minister J Jayalalithaa condoled the death of Balamuralikrishna.
In a statement, the governor said he was `deeply shocked and grieved’ to hear of the sudden demise of Balamuralikrishna. He conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family and rasikas.
Expressing grief over the demise of Balamuralikrishna, Jayalalithaa said that none can fill the space left by the legendary vocalist.
“This is a loss for Carnatic musicians, the music fraternity, the film industry and fans. Above all, it is a big loss to me. None can compensate the loss. None can fill the space left by him,” she said in a condolence message. Recalling his achievements, the CM said an event marking his 75th birthday was still fresh in her mind.
“After I greeted him at the function held in Chennai in 2005, he rendered ‘Jaya Jaya Lalithe’, dedicating it to me,” she said.