Amazing facts everyone should know about MS Subbalakshmi

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  1. Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (also known as M.S.) was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on 16 September 1916 to Subramania Iyer and Shanmukavadiver Ammal.
  2. Subbalakshmi was fondly called Kunjamma or Kunju by her family members.
  3. MS began her Carnatic classical music training under mother Shanmugavadivu and her first recording was released when she was barely 10.
  4. Her first performance was at the Madras Music Academy when she was just 13.
  5. Her first movie ‘Sevasadanam’ was released in 1938. Later she did roles in movies like ‘Sakuntalai’, ‘Savithiri’ and ‘Meera’. The role of saint poetess Meera in the eponymous film brought her national prominence. In 1947, she featured in the Hindi remake of the Tamil film ‘Meera’ titled ‘Meerabai’
  6. After a short foray in films, she concentrated only on concert music.
  7. She has given more than 200 charity concerts and raised well over Rs. 10,000,000. She was awarded honorary degrees from several Universities.
  8. M. S. Subbulakshmi married Kalki Sadasivam. They had no children. After the demise of her husband Kalki Sadasivam in 1997, Subbulakshmi stopped all her public performances.
  9. She was honoured as a resident artist [Asthana Vidhwan] of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. MS was the first musician to receive the Bharat Ratna and the first Indian musician to receive Ramon Magsaysay award.
  10. MS breathed her last on 11 December 2004 (aged 88) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
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