M. Balamuralikrishna

M. Balamuralikrishna (Aka) Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna

 Sankaraguptam, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh
 Sati Savitri (1957)

About Me

Balamuralikrishna inherited his musical skills from his parents. His father, Pattabiramayya, played flute, violin, and veena, and, his mother, Suryakantamma, played veena. His mother died when he was just 15 days old, however, and he was raised as an infant by his maternal aunt, Subhamma. Relocating to Vijayawada at the age of two, he began to study music with his father. When he showed an aptitude for music, his father sent him to study with Parupalli Ramakrishna Pantulu. Balamuralikrishna made his public debut when he performed during Sadguru Arandhana Utsava at the age of eight, a felicitation to Ramakrishna's guru, Sri Susarla Dakshinamoorthy, in Vijayawada. Leaving school during the sixth grade, Balamuralikrishna began to pursue music full-time. By the age of 15, he was known throughout India and had composed 72 Melakarta ragas. In the late '60s, he served as music producer for the Vijayawada and Hyderabad All-India radio station and launched an early morning show of devotional readings, "Bhakthi Ranjani." He served, simultaneously, as the principal of the Government Music college in Vijayawada. The honorary Ph.D., D.Sc., and D.Lit. certificates have been bestowed upon Balamuralikrishna from Andhra University, Jawaharial Nehru Technological University, and Sri Verkateswara University and an honorary "first citizen" award from Vijayawada. He has consistently displayed a mastery of classical musical traditions of India and has composed more than 400 pieces. In addition to performing more than 18,000 concerts throughout the world.