Google India has dedicated a doodle on their homepage to mark the 97th birthday of reputed Carnatic vocalist, Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi. She is the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna by the government of India and also the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award.
The doodle depicts the sketch of Subbulakshmi holding a tanpura, while the letters of Google are shown by the pictograms of a tabla, mridangam and ghatam. In Bangalore, Subbulakshmi’s birthday will be celeberated today evening with a programme called Nadamrutham at Seva Sadan, Malleswaram on Carnatic vocal music.
She was born in Madurai to muscian Shanmukavadiver Ammal and Subramania Iyer. Having grown up in a family, where her mother was a stage performer, she quickly followed in her footsteps. It was in her blood to be a musician, as her grandmother was also a violinist.
She started learning Carnatic and Hindustani music at an early age. She learnt Hindustani music under Pandit Narayanrao Vyas. She gave her first public performance at the age of 13 and was praised highly for her performance, after which there was no looking back for the young girl during the time.
As she grew up, she performed excellently well and rose to become one of the legendary exponents of Carnatic music. An award called M S Subbulakshmi Award, has also been created in memory of the legendary singer, who helped raise funds for Sankara Nethralaya through her concerts.