M S Subbulakshmi Honours
M S Subbulakshmi needs no introduction as she was one of the greatest
Carnatic singers of Tamilnadu. The long Musical Career of M S Subbulakshmi had fetched her many awards and prizes. Here we have discussed about the honours of M S Subbulakshmi as well as the awards of M S Subbulakshmi.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had once remarked - "Who am I , a mere Prime Minister before a Queen, a Queen of Music". Lata Mangeshkar hailed her as Tapaswini (the Renunciate), Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan described her as Suswaralakshmi (the goddess of the perfect note), and Kishori Amonkar considered her Aathuvaan Sur or Eighth Note, apart from the basic seven notes of music. Most of all, Sarojini Naidu, the great leader cum poet, hailed her as the Nightingale of India. The songs of M S Subbulakshmi are mostly renditions of popular bhajans including Bhaja Govindam, Vishnu sahasranama (1000 names of Vishnu), Hari Tuma Haro, Venkateswara Suprabhatam and so on.
M S Subbulakshmi Awards
The awards of M S Subbulakshmi were plenty in number. She was the first female musician to receive Padma Bhushan in 1954. Two years later, in 1956, she received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. She was also the first female recipient of the Sangeetha Kalanidhi Award in 1968 and the first musician to get Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1974, the highest civilian honour of Asia which is also known as Asia's Nobel Prize.
In 1975, M S Subbulakshmi was crowned with the Padma Vibhushan Award, and then the Kalidas Samman in 1988. The Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration followed in 1990, and in 1998, she became the first musician to get Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour of India. M S Subbulakshmi was hailed as the court singer too of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. To honour this great singer, Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA) has set up a bronze statue of M S Subbulakshmi. Installed at the Poornakumbham circle of Thirupathi, The statue of M S Subbulakshmi was inaugurated by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh, on 28 May 2006.
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