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Leaders mourn Subbulakshmi

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, DEC. 12. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, has expressed distress over the death of M.S. Subbulakshmi, renowned Carnatic vocalist.

In a message, Mr Chaturvedi said: "Her mellifluous voice, her phenomenal range, her command over the nuances of classical music, exquisite diction and emotional appeal held the audience spellbound throughout the world."

Today, the world of music is poorer, and it will never be the same hereafter in the absence of M.S., he said. "I pay my humble tributes to one of the illustrious daughters of the country who will be remembered for long. I send my heartfelt condolences to the members of the family and the multitude of admirers," he added.

The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, said M.S. will be sorely missed by all lovers of music and even more by those who began the day by listening to her rendition of the Venkateswara Suprabhatam.

She had left an indelible mark on the world of Carnatic Music, which has long been a male bastion, he said and added: "I pay my tribute to the inspiration that she symbolised."

The Minister for Water Resources, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, expressed his sorrow over the death of M.S., and described her as "music in life" and the epitome of all that is pure in classical music.

The Academy of Music has mourned the passing away of Subbulakshmi. The President of the academy, K.K. Murthy, noted that Bangalore had a special place for M.S. She was a regular visitor to the city and had given a concert at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall belonging to the Academy in the late Eighties. In fact, the only woman musician for whom violin maestro T. Chowdaiah had provided accompaniment was none other than M.S.

It spoke of the esteem in which she had been held by the great violinist. Mr. Murthy said that her passing away marked the end of an era in Carnatic music.

The Sree Ramaseva Mandali at Chamarajpet, which has been organising an annual Carnatic music since 1939 and has had an enduring relationship with M.S. and her late husband T. Sadasivam, said: "An epoch-making era has come to an end."

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