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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