|Galaxy of Composers|
Musical Background: One of the
greatest singers in the Carnatic music arena, Balamuralikrishna was born on 6th
July 1930. He learnt music for brief spell of six months from
Parupalli Ramakrishna Pantulu. Acclaimed as a child prodigy, his
expertise is the fruit of native wisdom and hard work. He is also an
accomplished viola player, who can also handle other instruments like
Sankaraguptam, a small hamlet situated in Rajolu Taluk, in East
Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.
A highly original musician, Balamuralikrishna is an outstanding
composer with about 300 kritis, varnams, tillanas, etc, to his credit,
who started composing right from his fourteenth year. Several of his
pieces are popular both in the music and dance arena. They are a
lovely blend of the intellectual, with highly complex rhythmic and
lyrical patterns, but at the same time, instantly appealing. On the
inspiration of Swami Vimalananda of Kuttalam Mutt, he composed and
later perfected seventy-two songs in the 72-melakarta ragas. One of
his publications was 'Janaka Raga Kriti Manjari', a music
text. He also has the distinction of having discovered many ragas and
composing in them.
used: Sanskrit and Telugu.
One finds mudras like Muraligana,
Balamurali etc in his compositions.
Popular compositions: Varnams in ragas like Shanmukhapriya and Tillanas in Kuntalavarali etc.