Madurai Shanmukavadivu Subbulakshmi
“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it."
As we all know, Madurai Shanmukavadivu Subbulakshmi was an Indian Carnatic singer from Tamil Nadu. She was born on 16 September 1916. She was first musician ever to be awarded Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour. She was tbe first Indian who performed in United Nations General Assembly in 1966. She got Padma Vibhushan 1975.
She gave her first performance at age of 11 in the year 1927 in 100 pillar hall inside the rockfort Thiruchirapalli. She gave her second performance in Madras Music Academy in 1929 when she was 13 years old. In 1936 Subbulakshmi moved to Madras(chennai). She also made her film debut in Sevasadan in 1938.
She was honoured as Asthana Vidvan (resident artist)of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. Tirumala Urban Development Authority has installed bronze statue of M.S.Subbulakshmi at Purnakumbham circle in temple town.
M.S.Subbulakshmi was died in December 11, 2004. Her voice is still mesmerizing in our hearts.
“My greatest fear is giving performances I feel I am responsible for the audience but I am also scared of them."