Veteran Carnatic musician M Balamuralikrishna, who's known for his non-conformism and boundless creativity, died here on Tuesday. He was 86. He breathed his last today in his house at Kanakasri Nagar near the famed Music Academy on Cathedral Road. Born in Sankaraguptam, Andhra Pradesh, Balamuralikrishna began to learn music at the age of 3. Referred to as a child prodigy, by 15, he had mastered all the 72 melakartha ragas and composed related kritis. Not only a vocalist, he had accompanied artistes on kanjira, mridangam and violin. Having composed over 400 songs in different languages like Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil, he had also acted in various films like Bhakta Prahlada. 'Oru Naal Podhuma' from the Sivaji-Ganesan starrer Thiruvilaiyadal Thiruvilaiyadal, is still a popular number among everyone.
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