in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
in Kilograms- 64 kg
in Pounds- 141 lbs
Date of Birth
6 July 1930
Date of Death
22 November 2016 (aged 86) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Age (as in 2016)
Sankaraguptam, Malikipuram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Film Debut: Oho Ho Vilasala song in Sati Savitri (1957, Telugu film)
Father Pattabiramayya (Musician) Mother– Suryakantamma (Musician) Brother– Not Known Sister– Not Known
Girls, Affairs and More
Son– 3 Daughter– 3
Some Lesser Known Facts About M. Balamuralikrishna
Does M. Balamuralikrishna smoke?: Not Known
Does M. Balamuralikrishna drink alcohol?: Not Known
Balamuralikrishna was named “Murali Krishnan” by his father. Later, the prefix Bala in his name was given by a Hari Katha performer Musunuri Satyanarayana, after which he was known as Balamuralikrishna.
He is said to be the 5th generation descendant of saint-composer Thyagaraja in the guru-shishya parampara.
His father was a very popular musician who used to play Flute, and his mother was a renowned Veena player.
His mother died when he was just 2 weeks old after which he was raised by his father.
Initially his father was against his playing violin. Once he played his instrument in his absence, and when his father saw it, he admitted and played Bhairavi ata thala varnam. After which his father got impressed and allowed him to play his reinstatement.
At the age of 9, he started performing at musical concerts, and because of his amazing voice he gained instant fame and recognition, and All India Radio (AIR), Chennai, cast him, a child artist, in their list of A-grade artists.
He was prolific Violin, Viola, Khanjira, Veena and Mrudangam player.
He composed music for the first Sanskrit film Adi Sankarar (1983).
He is the only Indian musician who has won National Awards for classical music, music direction as well as film playback singing.
He has given a huge amount of contribution to the world of Carnatic music. He was not content with the fame and recognition that he gained by performing in concerts.
He composed a detailed work known as Raganga Ravali on 72 Melakarta (basic scales of Carnatic music), just at age of 14.
He created various new ragas such as Mahati, Sumukham, Trisakthi, Sarvashri, Omkari, Janasamodini, Manorama, Rohini, Vallabhi, Lavangi, Pratimadhyamavathi, Sushama, etc.
In 1957, he sung his first film song Oho Ho Vilasala for a Telugu film Sati Savitri.
He founded the “Academy of Performing Arts and Research” in Switzerland.
His trust has a dance and music school called “Vipanchee.”
He was awarded honorary doctorates, has performed more than 25,000 concerts worldwide and has more than 400 compositions in Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada and Tamil.
He was also honoured with Padma Vibhushan (1991) and Padma Shri(1971).