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Other Profession(s): Musician
Famous For: First Indian Musician To Receive A Bharat Ratna
Higher Education: SRI SA RI GA MUSIC ACADEMY
Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi was born on 16 September 1916 and died on 11 December 2004. Originally from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, she sang Carnatic music. M.S. Subbulakshmi has been awarded the highest civilian honor in India, the Bharat Ratna, for her contributions to the field of music. A Ramon Magsaysay award was presented to her in 1974, making her the first Indian musician to receive one. In 1966, Srimati M. S. Subbulakshmi became the first Indian to perform at the United Nations General Assembly. M.S. Subbulakshmi was considered one of the foremost exponents of classical and semi-classical songs in the South Indian tradition.
It was under her mother, Shanmukhavadivu, that M.S. Subbulakshmi began training in Carnatic classical music. When Subbulakshmi was 10 years old, she released her first recording.
When Subbulakshmi was 13 years old, she gave her first performance. The performance was at the prestigious Madras Music Academy.
Her first trip to Rameswaram was in 1969 when she performed several songs. She sang these songs in the Ramanathaswamy Temple while accompanied by SN Venkata Rao, an advisor to Indian Railways.
In 1938, she released her first film, Sevasadanam. In this film, directed by K. Subramanyam, F.G. NatesaIyer starred opposite Subbulakshmi.
In 1941: M.S. Subbulakshmi played the role of Narada(male) in Savitri in order to raise funds to launch Kalki
Awards & Achievements:
In 1954: Padma Bhushan
In 1956: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
In 1968 Sangeetha Kalanidhi
In 1974: Ramon Magsaysay award (often considered Asia's Nobel Prize)
In 1975: Padma Vibhushan
In 1975: Sangeetha Kalasikhamani
In 1988: Kalidas Samman
In 1990: Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration
In 1998: Bharat Ratna
She inspired MS Blue, a Kancheepuram Saree shade.