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MSS and Pandit Ravi Shankar

The MS I Knew “M.S. Subbulakshmi was a simple woman with divinity in her voice” Pandit Ravi Shankar In the foreword for the book MS & Radha by Gowri Ramnarayan,Pandit Ravi Shankar wrote about meeting MS for the first time :“met her for the first time after my first solo recital at the Madras Music […]

MSS at the UN – 1966

Read the article originally published in the Hindu  : Moment of pride for all Indians  “The day was October 23. MS held the distinguished audience in thrall.” Link to UN Website  with photos –“UN Day Concert in 1966” “Madame M.S. Subbulakshmi, one of India’s most eminent musicians, gave a recital of Indian songs today in the […]

MSS – Kalyani – Festival of India

Here is  a link to a video of MSS singing Kalyani Ragam at the Festival of India in Moscow From Gowri Ramnarayan’s article in the Hindu Folio –  Transcending time and space  “The year 1988, the place Rachmaninoff Hall, Moscow. M. S. Subbulakshmi sings a resonant Kalyani, with the nuanced depth that would move a […]

MS Repertoire – Ragam Sankarabaranam

Ragam Dheerasankarabaranam (29th Melakarta), commonly known as Sankarabaranam. From  the book MS & Radha by  Gowri Ramnarayan ” More than any other raga, MS was identified with Sankarabaranam. Her kritis were each a  gem – Akshaya linga vibho, Sarojadala netri, Shri Dakshinamurte, Sankaracharyam, Shri Chandrasekhara yatindram … Shri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer noted several special qualities […]

Sep 16 – Birth Anniversary of MS

“All her life, Subbulakshmi was to be hypnotised by the sound of tambura strings. There was clinical absorption in her act of tuning the two tamburas, Lakshmi and Sarasvati, each with ivory vignettes of the goddesses on the stem. With multi-stringed Miraj tamburas, this became sheer obsession. (She rewarded daughter and vocal accompanist Radha with […]