Artist Highlight

S Balachander

Music of the musical genius and extraordinary artistic personality whose birth anniversary is on January 18.

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RJ: Srividya

S Balachander

Music of the musical genius and extraordinary artistic personality whose birth anniversary is on January 18.

S Balachander was a genius and a man of inexhaustible curiosity and range of talent. He was a self-taught veena player, who innovated enough to have his style of veena-playing to be named after him. He also played a range of other instruments, including tabla, harmonium, mridangam, shehnai, dilruba and sitar. S Balachander's endeavours weren't restricted to Carnatic music, either. He was a presence in the film industry, too, as producer, director, music director, actor, singer, playback singer and dancer. He was a brilliant chess player, and was good at languages. He was a devoted family man who adored his son and would write unusual letters to him filled with puzzles and quizzes. There really hasn't been a wide-ranging talent like Balachander's after him. This programme of Balachander's renditions is in connection with his birth anniversary on January 18.

Songs in this Program