Original octaves

Print edition : January 06, 2017

1944: M. Balamuralikrishna performing at the Sri Ramanavami celebrations in Bengaluru, at the age of 14. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Accompanying Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer on the violin at a music concert in Chennai on December 17, 1997. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Jugalbandi performance with Hindustani singer Bhimsen Joshi in Bengaluru on October 16, 2004. Photo: K. BHAGYA PRAKASH

His fearless experimentation, his willingness to collaborate with artists belonging to other genres, his zest for life and his appeal to the young gave M. Balamuralikrishna (1930-2016) a larger-than-life aura. He was in every respect an original in music.
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