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* 30 Jul 2022
M Balamuralikrishna was a musician extraordinaire. He was a Carnatic vocalist, composer, playback singer and instrumentalist. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 86.
(His guru - Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantulu)
Balamuralikrishna popularised thillanas. For the uninitiated, thillanas are a mix of lyrics and rhythmic phrases, usually sung at the end of classical concerts. Brindavani thillana, Jayaragamalika thillana, Kuntalavarali thillana and Kalyani thillana are some thillanas made famous by him.
Balamuralikrishna also stood apart from his contemporaries because he could traverse the range of three octaves with ease and bring unique rhythmic patterns to his compositions. He has created 20-plus unique ragas such as Ganapati, Lavangi, Sumukham, Mahati, and Trisakthi without altering the tradition of Carnatic music.
Raga Lavangi has only four musical notes (Sa Re Ma Da) and raga Ganapathy has three ( Sa Ga Pa). Usually, ragas have at least five notes.
He also made new classifications like Trimukhi, Panchamukhi, Saptamukhi and Navamukhi in the tala system and sang several compositions set to them.
Balamuralikrishna’s music legacy is celebrated every year on the occasion of Guru Purnima.
Source: Throwback to Balamuralikrishna's thillanas by Ram Rakshith V, deccanherald.com, Jul 15, 2022


* 17 Jul 2022
The most prevalent design of Carnatic flutes is the one which is said to have been invented by by Sharaba Shastri (1872-1904) of the Palladam school, in the beginning of the 20th century.
It was through untiring efforts of Palladam Sanjeeva Rao disciple of Sarabha Shastri that flute started to be recognized as a concert instrument. This design was subsequently adopted, improved and vastly popularized by T.R. Mahalingam a.k.a Mali.