M. Balamuralikrishna Quotes - Sayings By Legendary Carnatic Vocalist on Life, Music and More

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M. Balamuralikrishna Quotes
M. Balamuralikrishna Quotes
M. Balamuralikrishna was an Indian Carnatic vocalist, multi-intrumentalis, music composer and actor.

Classical music is a perennially flowing river and nothing can affect its flow. No one needs to worry about Indian music. It is forever.
M. Balamuralikrishna

Everything I did was deprecated by the media and others. I think I derived my strength from it. There was brouhaha over my singing my own compositions. I wondered why I cannot choose words to express myself. That’s what Tyagaraja did. He described Rama the way he saw him. Ironically many of my works are now being used by musicians and dancers. It’s heartening though. I never expected to reach where I am today. I learned music without knowing it will one day become my calling.
M. Balamuralikrishna

He [Guru Parupalli Ramakrishna Pantulu gaaru] would take care of me. He focussed only on teaching me and never on performances. He never cared about popularity and wealth. However, I am not like that. I perform and give my listeners a tough time. They think this fellow is not good. He does not follow tradition. I provide them with food for talk and thought.
M. Balamuralikrishna

I have performed with British musicians. I have sung Rabindra Sangeet and French numbers too. Most often I include local flavour in my concerts to connect with people.
M. Balamuralikrishna

I like to take things easy. I don't constantly think about music. I never plan concerts, practise or even hum. When I go up on the stage, music courses through me. My family members attend my concerts because they do not hear me sing at home. I have entrusted you [Prince Rama Varma] with the task of popularising my style of singing among others, especially in foreign countries. I have heard some of your foreign students sing my compositions and was surprised. They sound better than many Indian students. I want to be known more as a composer than as a musician. You are now making this happen.
M. Balamuralikrishna

I will render whatever Lord Siva makes me render. I never plan for my concerts. I render what comes
M. Balamuralikrishna

It is only rigorous training and in depth study that make music mature into the realm of the classical.
M. Balamuralikrishna

Our arts, particularly music, are more livelier than any sport. I play with my `raagas.' And there is no defeat here. Only victory for everyone - singers, listeners and the music itself.
M. Balamuralikrishna

Style. It varies from person to person. Without music, it will be monotonous.
M. Balamuralikrishna

There isn't one specific way of teaching. It varies with each student and his/her ability to grasp what is being imparted. Every student has a different purpose for learning. Some think they will get a chance to perform if they learn from a senior musician. Some even ask me to recommend them to sabhas. But I don't. I firmly believe that opportunities should come on their own. But rarely do we get students who are only interested in learning and expect nothing else. One should be passionate about the art if one is to scale heights.
M. Balamuralikrishna

We are getting carried away by the on-the-move musicians. Most of the Carnatic concerts abroad are being organised by NRIs. The defining moment is when an artist is invited to a foreign land and applauded by the foreign nationals. They should forge artistic alliances and find new audiences by introducing people of other nationalities to our arts
M. Balamuralikrishna
 
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