M Balamuralikrishna

Balamuralikrishna is an artist that people either love or cannot tolerate !!

An interesting comment by a good friend of mine when he was growing up “My brother asked me to start listening to MBK which i did and then a few years later the very same brother asked him to stop listening to MBK for a variety of reasons”. !!!

His concerts from the 60s and 70s were without a doubt fantastic; from the 80s he got into a mode of singing all-self composition concerts and with most of the leading accompaniments no longer playing for him, his concerts did become sort of one dimensioned and perhaps caused a lot of people to stop listening.

One TV concert that remains etched in my mind is when he sang with Bhimsen Joshi – a jugalbandi. He was absolutely stunning.

The magazine Sruti had an article about the accompaniments for him. There was a period when Lalgudi Jayaraman and U K Sivaraman were the ones to accompany him. Later it was M S Gopalakrishnan and T V Gopalakrishnan – which apparently lasted for a very long time in the 60s. So let me start off with recordings of this trio and then follow up with others.

with M S Gopalakrishnan, Ramanathapuram CS Murugabhoopathy and Vivaldri Iyer – 1964

  • varnam – todi – adi – MBK
  • vAtApi gaNapatim – hamsadwani – adi – MD
  • enta nercina – sAveri – PS Iyer
  • mAravairi ramani – nAsikabhooshaNi – tisra triputa – tygAgarAja
  • rAmA neeyeda – karaharapriyA – adi – tygAgarAja (incomplete)

You can listen the complete concert on youtube below (thanks to the post by Raju Asokan)

with M S Gopalakrishnan and U K Sivaraman

  • varnam – kalyani
  • sri ganapati – saurashtram
  • devi brova (in madyama sruti) – chintamani
  • devadi deva – sunadavonodini
  • rAmA neeyeda – karaharapriya
  • nagumOmu – Abheri
  • RTP – tODi
  • gayati vanamali – hamsadwani
  • ashtapadi (incomplete)

with M S Gopalakrishnan and T V Gopalakrishnan – 1964

  • varnam – karaharapriyA – MBk
  • gAna sudhArasa – nATa
  • manasulOni – hindOLam
  • kEla pAlimpa – kAmbhOji
  • poorna chandra – nArAyani?
  • sadA tavapAda – shanmukapriyA
  • rtp – amrutavarshiNi – Anandhabhairavi
  • various

with M S Gopalakrishnan and T V Gopalakrishnan

  • varnam – sankarAbanaraNam
  • kanukonu – nAyaki
  • nannupAlimpa – mOhanam
  • rtp – amrutavarshini + Anadhabhairavi
  • various
  • rtp – kalyANi

with M S Gopalakrishnan and T V Gopalakrishnan

Starts from the middle and incomplete

  • kEla palimpa – kambhOji
  • EdAri sancharinturA –
  • nagumOmu – Abheri
  • Alapana – tODi (incomplete)

with M S Gopalakrishnan and T V Gopalakrishnan at Parvati, Mysore 1965

  • varnam – tODi(MBK)
  • vandEnishamaham – hamsadwani
  • tAmralOchani – latAngi
  • Emi nEramu – sankarabaranam
  • nagumOmu – AbhEri
  • anAkruta
  • pibarE rAma rasam – Ahir bhairavi
  • nAinAbhiyE (ashtapati)
  • various

with M S Gopalakrishnan, T K Murthy & G Harishankar – January 3, 1996

  • varnam – shanmukapriya – MB
  • sri hanumantam – mAnavati – adi – MBK
  • endaro mahanubhavulu – sri – adi – tyg
  • hanumA – sarasAngi – – MBK
  • nagumomu – abheri – adi – tyg
  • Speech
  • nannupalimpa – mohanam – adi – tyg – incomplete
  • various

with M S Gopalakrishnan, U K Sivaraman, G HArishankar & V Nagarajan – Maruthi Baktha Samajam, Nanganallur 1997

  • speech
  • vatapi – hamsdwani – adi – md
  • sadinchane – arabhi – adi -tyg
  • teluvakamAtalu – saveri
  • nannupalimpa – mohanam
  • speeches (looong)
  • various

with M S Gopalakrishnan and Tiruchi Sankaran – RTP in tODi

The above could from the concert from this concert on youtube

with Lalgudi Jayarman and U K Sivaraman – Shankmukananda Hall, Mumbai – 1963

The recording quality is not that good, but the music is very good. The ‘sundari nee divyaroopamunu’ in kalyani is an absolute gem. The sruti bedam both by Balamurali and Lalgudi are mind boggling.

A Must hear concert without a doubt for the Balamurali doubters 😉

  • varnam – rAmapriyA
  • gaNAyakam – nATa
  • sObillu saptaswara – jaganmOhini
  • sujana jeevanA – kamAs
  • sundari nee – kalyANi
  • nagumOmu – Abheri
  • RTP – hamsavonOdini
  • various

with M Chandrasekharan and Karaikudi Mani

  • sAdinchanE – Arabhi
  • entamuddhO – bindumAlini
  • sri hanumantam – mAnavati
  • deivamu neevE – gurupriyA
  • chetulara – bhairavi
  • various

with M Chandrasekharan and Tanjavur Upendran

with M Chandrasekharan and ??? – RTP in hamsadwani

with V V Subramaniam and Palghat Raghu, AIR Madras 1973

  • nagumOmu – madyamAvati
  • intanacu varNipma taramA – gunDakriyA
  • dEvAdi dEva – sunAdavinOdhini
  • Emani vigula varnintu – tODi

From some other concert

  • varnam – bhairavi – aTa
  • upachAramu jesEvAru – bhairavi

with V V Subramaniam and Tanjavur Upendran – AIR National Program

  • varnam – nATa – adi- MBK
  • nAdatanumanisam – cittaranjani – Adi – tyg
  • tulasidalamulache – mayamalavagowla – roopakam – tyg
  • deivamu neevE – gurupriya – Adi – MBK (incomplete)

with Annavarapu Ramaswamy and Mullapudi – AIR Hyderabad/Vijayawada

  • pari pari nee pAdamE – hamsadwani
  • prakkala nilapaDi – karaharapriyA

with Annavarappu Ramaswamy and Umayalpuram K Sivaraman

Music Academy, Madras 23 Dec 1978

  • sAma vEdam- recitation
  • sAdinchane – Arabhi
  • tatvameruga tarama – garudadwani
  • bAavamE – kApi – MBK
  • neerajAkshi – hindOlam
  • RTP – Kalyani
  • OTrumai Seivadu – Mohanam
  • tuNai neeyE – chArukEsi
  • thillAna- Priya Ragamaliga (“Gurupriya, Rasikapriya, Gayikapriya, Sunathapriya, Karakarapriya”)
  • various

Concerts with unknown accompaniments

  • ganasuadarasa – nata – adi- MBK
  • sree ramyacitta – jayamanOhari
  • palugavemi – poornachandrika – Adi – tyg
  • apparama bakti – pantuvarali – roopakam – tyg
  • cAlu cAlu – saveri
  • paramAtmudu – vAgadeeswari – Adi – tyg
  • RTP – mohanam + kalyani + anandabhairavi
  • various

recording – hiss and distortion
Collection from differnt radio concerts
starts from middle of swarakalpana

  • samajavaragamana – hindolam
  • entamuddO – bindumalini
  • anuragamule – saraswati
  • buddhiradhu – sankarabaranam – – tyg
  • bogachAyAnATakapriyE – chAyAnATakapriyA

T Kesavulu – violin

  • harine smarane – begada varuga varuga – pantuvarali – adi – MBK
  • bAmarO – Anadabhairavi – tisra triputa – kshetragnya
  • ashtapadi – bageswari – jayadeva
  • sri ramanavibhO – arabhi –
  • mA mAnini – tODi – MBK (swaraksharam composition)
  • sobillu – jaganmohini – roopakam – tyg
  • thillana – ragamalika – MBK
  • akilandeswari – kApi – syAmA sAstri
  • sobillu – jaganmohini
  • prakkala nilapadi – karaharapriya
  • sAdinchanE – Arabhi
  • RTP – kalyAni
  • various
  • mEru samAna – mAyAmALavagowLa
  • kanukOnu sowkyamu – nAyaki
  • samukAna nilpa – kOkilavarALi
  • Emani mATADitivO – tODi
  • tillAnA
  • varNam – vAchaspati
  • sAkshi lEdanuchu – bangaLA – tyAgarAja
  • duDukugala – gowLa
  • nannu brOvamani – kalyANi
  • RTP – amrutavarshiNi and Anandabhairavi
  • various
  • chandram bhaja – asAvEri
  • bhogAchayAnATakapriyE – bhogAchayAnATa
  • sri neelOtpalanAyikE – reetigowLa
  • chintayAmi satatam – mArgadEsi
  • sri bAlasubramanya – bilahari
  • sringAra rasamanjari – rasamanjari
  • mAyEtwam – tarangiNi

RTP in rEvati

Jugalbandhi’s

with Bhimsen Joshi

with Kishori Amonkar

Concerts from web

 

11 thoughts on “M Balamuralikrishna

  1. Pingback: Added M Balamuralikrishna recordings | Shankar Krish's Blog

  2. with M S Gopalakrishnan, U K Sivaraman, G HArishankar & V Nagarajan – 1997 (Tiruchi?)

    This is from Maruthi Baktha Samajam, Nanganallur (I have the full video of this concert)

  3. I agree with you every word on what you have to say on MBK – a genius and an eccentric at once. With TR Mahalingam, he was like the Pakistan cricket team – completely unpredictable – brilliant and out of the world in one concert and completely ordinary at another concert. We used to have a superstitious thing: if we had attended one of paid concerts it would bomb but if it was a free kutcheri it would turn out to blissful! The one constant in all this was his unique voice – splendid and mellifluous. I and my elder sister used to wait eagerly for his Nagumomu (Abheri) on AIR Hyderabad’s ‘Sangeetha Sudha program.

  4. Thanks for putting all the various links at one place. I love BMK’s music. I was fortunate enough to meet with him a couple of times off stage as well, through a common friend. He had a great sense of humor. He was a genius in music. What an effortless singer he was !!.

  5. Sir, the first link actually has Ramanathapuram CS Murugabhoopathy on mridangam not TV Gopalakrishnan. Vivaldri Iyer (MLV’s long time ghatam accompaniment) is playing here too.

    It is 1964 concert at the Music Academy according to KS Kalidas, disciple of Pazhani Subramanya Pillai at the CSM Centenary celebrations in 2014.

    I have the full concert here which you can use:

    https://www.mediafire.com/folder/ccg9mwz6bj7s7/BMK_MSG_CSM_VI_MUSICACADEMY1964

    The second link has UKS on mridangam not TVG. Please correct.

    The link labeled as M Chandrasekaran and Tanjore Upendran took place at Parvathi in 1971 and the mridangam and ghatam vidwans are UKS and THV.

    Thanks so much for sharing these priceless recordings especially the ones that we have not heard before like Chetulara.

    Please access my Balamuralikrishna YouTube collection here:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcWYJP-QybCSpcbWE5XBgTA

    Thank you.

  6. Very nice concerts. The second last concert, the 1958 video, the first 11:57 is from another concert, and has been spliced to the main concert. I have the full tape of this concert, and the concert from which the first 11:57 has been taken is another concert also uploaded by a rasika.

    • Thanks for the info. The youtube includes are from other sources.
      If you have the full concert please share so that I can add to this page.

  7. And thanks for the Revati RTP. This particular version I am hearing for the first time. Brilliant…! Words fail me…

  8. Balamurali’s Music Academy concert of December 23, 1978: This is the year he was conferred the title of Sangeetha Kalanidhi.

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