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 diehard Mylapore connoisseur. But the packed hall of Russian listeners, some of them experts in western music as performers, scholars and students, are mesmerised by the vocal magic. To most of them, this is the first exposure to Indian, and certainly Carnatic music. During a pause, a woman comes up to the
stage to offer flowers, with tears spilling down her cheeks. There is rapt silence for the two hours of the recital. Then a roar of thunder. The standing ovation continues, the applauding listeners follow the artiste as she makes her way out of the hall, down the staircase, and into the car on the street…”

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 about her voice. It was not just pleasing and pitch perfect but had a reenkaram (reverberation), sounding the same up close and at a distance; it was not distorted or weakened when you heard it from different directions. It had gatram (weight), and remarkable continuity, ” When you strike a temple bell, the echo continues after the sound ends, until the next striking. Her voice has that quality. when she stops singing, the naadam (sound) continues. He was to call her Gandaralakshmi

1. Indu mukhi Ata Tala Varnam, Composer Svati Tirunal


2. Sarajodalentri in Talam Adi, Composer Shyama Sastri (United Nations, 1966)

Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support, V.V.Subrahmanyam – Violin,T.K. Murthy – Mridangam, V.Nagarajan – Kanjira, T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam


Kriti and Neraval at the line samagana vinodini gunadama shyamakrishnanute


3. Akshayalinga Vibho in Talam Mishra Chapu, Composer Muthuswami Dikshithar (RR Sabha 1960)
Accompanists : M.S.Gopalakrishnan – Violin


Kriti and Neraval at the line badarivana mula nayika sahita


4. Swara raga sudha in Talam Adi, Composer Thyagaraja

Neraval at the line muladharaja nada meruguta


5. Artha Piravi, Composer Manikkavachakar
Neraval at the line Vartaiyum pesi valai silamba vilaiyadi


6. Pogadiralo Ranga in Talam Ata, Composer Purandaradasa (Hampi 1964)
Neraval at the line sura munigalu tamma


7. Navaratri Kriti – Devi JagajJanani in Talam Adi, Composer Swati Tirunal (Krishna Gana Sabha 1970)

8. Emi Neramu in Talam Adi, Composer Thyagaraja (MA 1960)

Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support, Thiruvaalangaadu N.Sundaresa Aiyar – Violin, T.K.Murthy – Mridangam, Umayalpuram N.Kodhandarama Aiyar – Ghatam


Kriti and Neraval at the line dIna bandhuvani devadevudani


9. Kailasa Kaladi followed by Sankaracharyam in Talam Adi, Composer Subbarama Dikshithar


Kriti and Neraval at the line parama jnanalatalavalam


10. Endukku peddala in Talam Adi, Composer Thyagaraja (Krishna Gana Sabha 1959)

Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support, R.K.Venkatarama Shastri – Violin, V.Nagarajan – Mridangam, Umayalpuram N.Kodhandarama Aiyar – Ghatam


Kriti and Neraval at the line veda sastra purana tatvarthamu thelisi


11. Sri Dakshinamurte in Talam Mishra Jhampa, Composer Muthuswami Dikshithar (Chennai 1969)


12. Lokodharana Karanam Viruttam followed by Sri Chandrasekhara Yateendram in Talam




13. Sadasiva upasmahe in Talam Adi, Composer Muthuswami Dikshithar (Dikshithar Day, Music Academy 1970)
Accompanists:Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support,Kandadevi Alagiriswamy – Violin, T.K. Murthy – Mridangam, V.Nagarajan – Kanjira, T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam

Neraval at the line vama deva vyasa sukadi vandita


14. Idhu Nalla Tarunam Thiruvarutpa (Tamil Isai Sangam, 1973)

Ragam Tanam Pallavi

1.RTP in Ragam Sankarabaranam  : Saravana bhava guru guha shanmukha saminathane

Chaturashra jati Rupaka tala (4-Kalai); Eduppu at 2/4ths (1/2) of the first beat; arudi karvai of 3/4ths

Concert  at Madras Music Academy on 27th Dec,1964
Accompanists : Sri Tiruvalangadu N. Sundaresa Iyer (Violin), T. K. Murthy (Mridangam), Umayalpuram N. Kodandarama Iyer (Ghatam)


2.RTP in Ragam Sankarabaranam : Dasharathe Karunapayonidhe Inakulatilaka

Adi (4-Kalai); Eduppu at 1/2 of the first beat; arudi karvai is 3/4ths of the beat
Concert at Madras Music Academy on Dec 25,1971
Accompanists: Radha Viswanathan – Vocal, Kandadevi S.Azhagiriswami – Violin, T.K.Murthy – Mridangam, V.Nagarajan – Khanjira, T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam

Since March is the birth month of Muthuswami Dikshithar, here is a link to a rare Dikshithar Kriti sung by MS.

Mahalakshmi Karunaarasa Lahari” in raga Madhava Manohari.

She was accompanied by:
Smt Radha Viswanathan vocally
Sri Kandadevi S.Azhagiriswami on the violin
Sri T.K.Murthy on the mridangam
Sri V.Nagarajan on the kanjira
Sri T.H.Vinayakaram on the ghatam

“Links to a recording of Smt M.S.Subbulakshmi’s recital at the Tyagaraja Aradhana Celebrations in Thiruvaiyaaru on 7th January, 1980.

She was accompanied by:
Smt Radha Viswanathan – Vocal Support
Sri Kandadevi S.Azhagiriswami – Violin
Sri T.K.Murthy – Mridangam
Sri V.Nagarajan – Kanjira
Sri T.H.Vinayakaram – Ghatam”

M S Subbulakshmi – Nenendu Vedukudura – Karnataka Behag

M S Subbulakshmi – Tulasi Dalamulache – Mayamalavagaula


M S Subbulakshmi – Nidhichaala Sukhama – Kalyani

M S Subbulakshmi – Ksheera Sagara Shayana – Devagandhari

M S Subbulakshmi – Seetamma Mayamma – Vasanta