A LIFE FOR MUSIC

Print edition : December 31, 2004

October 26, 1966: A performance at the United Nations. The New York Times said: "Subbulakshmi and her ensemble are a revelation to Western ears. Their return can be awaited only with eagerness."

With Indira Gandhi.

Singing bhajans at the Indira Gandhi memorial function on October 31, 1985. Among those in the picture are President Zail Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

With Helen Keller, in Chennai. After listening to her music, Helen Keller touched M.S.' throat and said: 'You sing like an angel.'

With G.N. Balasubramaniam in Sakuntalai in 1940.

Delightedly surrendering her title 'The Nightingale of India' to M.S., Sarojini Naidu introduced the singer in the first reel of Meera in 1944, saying: 'It may not be known to many that this golden voice is an instrument of great causes.'

As Narada in Savitri in 1941.

In the title role in Meera.

With the other recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1974 (from left) M.D. Ramanathan, Kumar Gandharva, T.N. Krishnan, Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay, Pransukh Manilal Naik, and S.D. Sundaram.

Music veteran Alladiya Khan.

Music veteran Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

At the World Tamil Conference in 1968, with C. Rajagopalachari, Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai and M. Karunanidhi and others.

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