Monday, September 15, 2014

MS Subbulakshmi : Melody Personified

MS Subbulakshmi is unarguably the queen of Melody, particularly a legendary vocalist in classical Carnatic music. Her devotion in singing bhajan was so electrifying that when Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, heard M.S. Subbulakshmi sing the bhajan, 'Vaisnava janato tere kahiye, jo pir paray, jane re ' (Only those who are religious understand the sufferings of others),Mahatma Gandhi could not control his emotions and tears began to roll down his cheeks. Complimenting M.S. (as MS Subbulakshmi was fondly called) Gandhi said, ‘To sing a bhajan is one thing, but to sing it by losing oneself in god is another.'' 

Sept 16 Marks the birth anniversary of MS Subbulakshmi, the queen of melody; Raaga.Com pays our humble homage.

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MS Subbulakshmi was born on September 16th, 1916. She was introduced to music through her mother Shanmukhavadivu. Her first guru for vocal music training was Madurai Srinivasa Iyengar. She cut her first 78-rpm disc at ten. She was also trained under Musiri Subramanya Iyer and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

She gave her first public performance in 1929 when she was just 13 at the esteemed Madras Music Academy. The performance comprised bhajans. The academy was known for its discriminating selection process. It broke its tradition by inviting a young girl as an important performer.

MS had also acted in a few Tamil films. Her first movie 'Sevasadanam' was released in 1938. With her title role of the Rajasthani saint-poetess Meera in a 1945 film she gained national distinction. In 1947, this movie was re-made in Hindi. MS Subbulakshmi also sang the famous Meera bhajans in this film. After a short foray in films, she concentrated only on concert music. 

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar referred to Subbulakshmi as Tapaswini (the Renunciate). 

To salute her contribution in carnatic music, the Indian government conferred upon her country's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1998, thus making her the First artist to receive the coveted award in the music field. Besides Bharat Ratna, MS also received the Padma Bhushan, the Magsaysay award, the Padma Vibhushan, the Spirit of Freedom award and the Indira award for National Integration Award. Her Concerts and Recordings have risen over three core rupees for charity. 

Google too paid her homage on her 97th birth anniversary by posing M. S. Subbulakshmi as Google doodle in India. 

Applauding her mastery in classical Carnatic music Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru said, “You are the queen, I am just Minister!”

Has Salman Khan / Shah Rukh Rivalry Ended?

Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan’s rivalry is well known but it seems after the duo hugged each other at this year’s Ramzan Iftaar party of politician Baba Sidiqqui’s in Bandra, Mumbai, the two have developed a soft corner to each other. 

If not Shah Rukh but Salman Khan has definitely buried the past brawls as the KICK star has not only appreciated Shah Rukh’s eight pack abs but has declared to promote SRK’s forthcoming movie HAPPY NEW YEAR in his most poplular TV show Bigg Boss. 

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In an interview to a leading TV news channel Salman Khan said, “We will do a lot of promotions of HAPPY NEW YEAR. The team does not need to worry. Though it is up to SRK and his team, if they want to come to the show or not, we will promote it.” 

It may be noted earlier Farah Khan, director of HAPPY NEW YEAR, in her Facebook post wrote, “Salman to promote SRK’s HAPPY NEW YEAR during the launch of his TV reality show Bigg Boss.”

It may noted when Shah Rukh Khan released the photos of his eight pack abs in the movie HAPPY NEW YEAR many of SRK detractors criticized it claiming they are doctored using commuter technology. Nevertheless Salman Khan tight lipped all the critics saying they are 100 per cent genuine and not fake. 

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Praising Shah Rukh Khan’s eight pack abs Salman Khan said, “I am really impressed with the way SRK has worked on his body. He is really fit. It takes a lot of hard work to get into that shape, and I know because I do that kind of hard work.”

He added, “Hence I know, It is not a fake 8 pack. He has become really ribbed. In fact that picture that you see is not even touched up picture, it’s a raw picture.”

Thus such appreciation coming from Salman Khan’s end make us wonder is the legendary Salman Khan / Shah Rukh rivalry ended?