An EMI record of MS Subbulakshmi

Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (Indic|lang=ta|indic=மதுரை சண்முகவடிவு சுப்புலட்சுமி|trans=Maturai Caṇmukavaṭivu Cuppulaṭcumi), popularly known as M.S. or M.S.S.) is one of the recipients of highest honour of India.


She was born on September 16, 1916 - and lived up to December 11, 2004.

She was a renowned Carnatic vocalist. She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor

A brief biography

M.S.Subbulakhsmi was born on 16 Sep, as Kunjamma to Shanmukhavadivu (Veena Vidwan), in a musical family, in the temple town of Madurai situated in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. She performed a vast variety of musical forms in different languages including Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi.

M.S. met T.Sadasivam, a freedom fighter and a follower of C. Rajagopalachari, in 1936. She married him in 1940 and their marriage spanned over 50 years, in which he played a key role in the advancement of her career. They had no children. Sadasivam had children from his previous marriage that M.S. treated as if they were her own children. They were named Radha, Vijaya. M.S and Sadasivam also raised Radha who frequently sang with M.S. in concert while Vijaya played the Tanpura.

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