Monday, September 26, 2011

M S Subbulakshmi Tribute

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (Tamil: மதுரை சண்முகவடிவு சுப்புலட்சுமி, Madhurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi, 16 September 1916 – 11 December 2004), also known as M.S., was a renowned Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, Asia's highest civilian award, in 1974 with the citation reading "Exacting purists acknowledge Srimati M. S. Subbulakshmi as the leading exponent of classical and semi-classical songs in the Karnataka tradition of South India."

A Humble Tool of God

Finally, what does M.S. have to say about her own music? I am including a beautiful piece of M.S.'s acceptance speech on August 31, 1974, while receiving the Ramon Magasaysay Award, in Manila. Smt. Subbulakshmi spoke of Indian music as being 'oriented solely to the end of devine communion'.She added: "If I have done something in this respect, it is entirely due to the Grace of the Almighty who has chosen my humble self as a tool".

Today's tribute is comprised of eight videos and plays for approximately 65 minutes.


1 - Hanuman Chalisa by M.S.Subbulakshmi 9:55

2 - M S Subbulakshmi::Bhaja Govindam (w. Eng. subtitles) 11:00

3 - Vishnu Sahasranaamam by Sri. M.S. Subbalakshmi- Part 1(Poorva Peethika) 6:46

4 - Vishnu Sahasranaamam by Sri. M.S. Subbalakshmi- Part 2-2 (Sahasranaamam) 8:38

5 - Vishnu Sahasranaamam by Sri M.S.Subbalakshmi- Part3 (Uttara Peethika) 6:25


7 - Madhuraashtakam By MS Subbulakshmi 5:31

8 - MS Subba Lakshmi - Vaatapi Ganapatim Bhaje 8:17

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