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M. S. Subbulakshmi

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M. S. Subbulakshmi

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi

Born:16 September 1916

Died:11 December 2004

  • She was an Indian Carnatic singer from Madurai, Tamil Nadu.
  • She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
  • She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, often considered Asia’s Nobel Prize.
  •  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 carnatic tradition of South India.
  • The great national leader and poet Sarojini Naidu called her “Nightingale of India”.
  • She won Padma Bhushan in 1954, Sangeetha Kalasikhamani in 1975 by The Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai, Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1968.
  • She was honoured as a resident artist [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.

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