The Times Of India is organising an 8-day Times Hyderabad Festival from 7th to 15th June, at different venues across the city. The festival will feature Indian classical music concerts by Dr. M Balamuralikrishna and Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, food festivals, qawwali-fashion fusion by Munnawar Masoom and Tarun Tahiliani, a rock concert by Parikrama, and music carnivals by Aryans and Shibani Kashyap.
One of the world's best and most renown Carnatic vocalists, Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna will be performing on 10th June, at the Chowmahalla Palace. Dr. Balamuralikrishna is one of the pioneers in the field of both vocal and instrumental music. A multi-faceted personality, he has been involved in music in its various forms - as a singer, a music director, an actor and even an instrumentalist. He has attained mastery over instruments like veena, violin, viola, mridangam and kanjira, and can play them with minimal effort.
Dr. Balamuralikrishna was born on 6th July 1930, to a father who was a music teacher as well as a popular flautist. Even his mother was a renowned veena artiste. The musical legacy of his parents had a major impact on Balamuralikrishna, and he developed an interest from a very young age. Recognizing the potential of his son, his father sent him to receive tutelage under Gayaka Sarvabhauma Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantulu. The kid gave his first solo performance in 1938, when he was only 8.
Dr. Balamuralikrishna has contributed more than 400 compositions to the field of Carnatic music. He is also credited with the conception of several new musical scales. Mahati, Sumukham, Trisakthi, Sarvashri, Omkari, Janasamodini, Manorama, Rohini, Vallabhi, Lavangi, Pratimadhyamavathi and Sushama are some of the ragas created by him. His melodious voice touches the heart of thousands of people, and he is one of the very few singers who have perfect control in all three octaves.
Dr. Balamuralikrishna has been decorated with innumerable honors and awards, such as Padma Vibhushan and Padmasri, Best Playback Singer and Best Music Director Awards, and the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Silver Medal.
Entry to the concert is by free invitations, available at The Times Of India office on Road No. 2, Banjara Hills. Please contact 6527-7755 for invitations and further details.