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

The piano that MS played

An article in The Hindu where “Pianist Anil Srinivasan writes about discovering the instrument on which the legendary musician played many a times… “

“A few weeks ago, I was taken to the instrument room at Kalakshetra by its director and my friend, Leela Samson. As the doors were thrown open, I was arrested by the sight of a beautiful baby grand piano.
As I look ahead to the concert on July 24 (2009) at Kalakshetra to celebrate MS and her piano, I feel nervous and exhilarated. It is a milestone in my life.

MSS – Multi-lingual Invocation – Link to Youtube upload by paramparaa1916

the invocation on the eve of the inauguration of the 6th Afro-Asian Congress of Ophthalmology, held in Madras, on 04th January, 1976. Since the delegates to the conference were from different nations, this invocation was rendered in 5 languages.”

“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


“Towards the end of each recital M.S. would sound the cymbals in eyes-closed concentration for the Rajaji hymn “Kuraionrum illai” (I have no regrets). It becomes obvious that for all the splendour of her music, it is her image as a saintly person which will probably endure for long, just as in the case of Meerabai. For, in the highest tradition of the Indian way of life, Subbulakshmi linked her art with the spiritual quest, where humility and perseverance assure the sadhaka of grace.”

From the article by Gowri Ramnarayan in the Hindu – The M.S. phenomenon

Here is the link to an article in the Hindu about celebrations in Madurai to celebrate the birth anniversary of MS.

“Madura Geetham”

“Singers and musicians from the four Southern States are converging in Temple Town this week to pay musical tribute to legendary Carnatic singer M.S.Subbulakshmi”