Grand Music Concert – Legend Remembered – On the occasion of the centenary year of Bharat Ratna M.S. Subbulakshmi – Sunday, May 15th at 4:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

We are pleased to announce a Grand Music Concert
By: Kumari. S. Aishwarya – Vocal (Great grand daughter of Bharat Ratna M.S.Subbulaksmi and grand daughter of Dr. Radha Viswanathan)

Sunday, May 15th 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
All Are Invited – Donations Welcome!
see flyer for details.

M.S. Subbulakshmi, in the 100 years since her birth, has had an irreplaceable influence over classical musicians spanning across age, gender and borders. Most classical songs and šlokas were recorded by her and is the automatic choice whenever one desires to listen to an authentic version of these.

Despite the charm that chartered her to the cinema world in the early 1930s and the conferment of prestigious awards like the Padma Bhushan when she was just 38, the aura of purity and devotion to tradition that she exuded, went far beyond music.

M.S. (Madurai Shanmukhavadivu) Subbulakshmi, (1916 – 2004), was born on September 16, 1916, in Madurai in a family of artistes, musicians, singers and dancers, and started learning classical music in a young age. Simply known as M.S., she was a legendary Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor.”

She released her first music recording in 1926 at the age of 10 and gave first public performance in 1927 at the Rockfort temple in Tiruchirapalli. Later, she moved to Madras (now Chennai), where she acted in movies and pursued her vocal music career, giving independent concerts at the age of 17 and travelled to many countries for performances, including the UN in 1966.

Among the national and international awards conferred on M. S. Subbulakshmi include the Padma Bhushan, Bharat Ratna, India’s top civilian award (1998), the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1974) and the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration (1990), to mention just a few.

After a long and glorious career spanning almost eight decades, she passed away in December 2004 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

This year, 2016, is the Centenary year of her birth. To honor such a legendary icon of Carnatic music, the entire Carnatic world is celebrating her life, her music and of course Carnatic music. This celebration has come to the US for us to honor and pay homage to such a legend. A group of artists from India is touring the US and holding concerts in various locations to celebrate our beloved M.S.

Our Temple has the honor to host one such program on May 15th at the Auditorium. Please come and bring your friends to make this a grand celebration. This is our tribute to this iconic legend, her music and to Carnatic music in general.

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