Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Music is a wonderful bequest from the deity. It has become an elixir of human life. Everyone in this world likes Music in different forms. I am not an exception to it. However, yes!! I am different from a normal person who likes Music. I am ardent lover of it. I am very much passionate about it. I have been learning carnatic since my 4th grade. Basically, my grandmother is a professional singer since her young age. Therefore, I learnt music from my guru as well as from my grandmother. I was born and raised in Kumbakonam which is a small town near Tanjore. Hence, I really do not have a chance to expose my talents apart from learning it.

In my 6th grade, I started listening to our renowned vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi songs. Her songs were so graceful and I was so moved after listening to it. I have a high regard for her. Later, I started to know more about her and wanted to become like her. She is from a conventional Brahmin family. She also started learning Carnatic in her early age and also Hindustan music. She was a consistent stage performer and was raised in an environment very conducive to learning. Her first recording was released when she was 10 years old. The first public performance was during the “Mahamaham” festival in Kumbakonam in the age of 16. At the age of 17, she started to perform on her own. She performed a variety of music in different languages. 
She traveled to London, New York, Canada, the Far East, and other places as India's cultural ambassador. Everyone was so moved by her performance. She is an epitome of Music and proved that Music is a language that doesn’t have any barrier. She has remarkable foot prints in her career. She proved that she can achieve heights since her young age though she is from a conservative family. She is really extrovert and dauntless to give public performance in that young age. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the “Bharat Ratna” and also “Ramon Magsaysay award”, Asia’s highest civilian award. She is the inspiration for everyone who loves and breathes Music. She has also been awarded “Padma Bushan” and also “sangeetha Kalanidhi”. Her achievements are endless!! I mean it!! Though she is not in the world now, she has so many people who have her as a role model like me!!

The young generation should learn a lot of things from her. Even she has her own family but she acted as a caring wife and the best vocalist in the world. She loves her husband a lot which made her to avoid public performances after her husband’s death. She has been so faithful to him. Being a woman, she has achieved a lot despite lot of hurdles. Everyone should learn this from her irrespective of her career side. She has completely devoted herself to music. In a nutshell, she is an embodiment of love and versatile. Yes!! I am really blessed to have her as a role model. Equally, India is sanctified to have a woman like her! She would be definitely a role model for the younger generation too!! Come on guys, why we can’t achieve great heights?! Yes we can!! Join hands!!

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