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2003 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer Passes away Read article in The Hindu         2004 Jun 21, 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award NEW DELHI, JUNE 21,2004. The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, today conferred the “Lifetime Achievement Award” on renowned vocalist and Bharat Ratna recipient, M.S. Subbulakshmi. Read Frontline article   Dec 11, 2004. M.S. […]


1997 Last public concert at Music Academy Swaralaya Puraskar Husband T.Sadasivam passes away Read Sadasivam obituary in Frontline Read MS on Sadasivam (Kalki Magazine)           1998 MSS Receives the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. She is the first musician to receive this award. Read Frontline article      


1981 Asthana Vidushi by Andhra Pradesh Govt Desikottama from Viswa Bharati University in Shantiniketan Elected Membre d’honneur by the UNESCO sponsored international Music Council     1982 Festival of India in London – Concert at Royal Albert Hall     1983 Sankara Netralaya Benefit Concerts   1988 1988 – MSS receives Kalidas Samman awarded by […]

1971 – 1980

1974 1974 MSS selected to receive the Ramon Magsasey Award for public service “Citation by the Magsaysay Award Foundation – Excerpt” In April 1944, after five successful benefit performances given for the Memorial Fund honoring Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba, SUBBULAKSHMI ‘s voice became an instrument for public causes. Receipts of concert halls filled to overflowing and […]

1961 – 1970

1962 Aug 05: Mother Shanmugavadivu passes away 1963 Concert in the Festival of Arts at Edinburgh, Scotland See article about Edinburgh Music Festival 1963>> Album with Venkatesha Suprabhatam released “Her first full-length album for the Gramophone Company of India (GCI), which was recorded over 40 years ago, still manages to sell over 2 lakh copies […]

1951 – 1960

1954 – Age 38 1954 – MSS awarded Padma Bushan at Raj Bhavan, Chennai 1955 – Age 39 Concert to raise funds for Kamala Nehru Memorial Hospital Benefit Concert for Madras Music Academy Building Fund Read article in The Hindu>> 1956 – Age 40 MS receives Sangeet Natak Academy Award  

1941 – 1950

1941 – Age 25 Savithri “Profile of Ellis R. Dungan by Randor Guy : In 1941, Rao went to Calcutta a make a Tamil musical of historic interest. A mythological, Savitri, attracted considerable attention. The title role was played by the Marathi and Hindi star, Shantha Apte. Making her act in a Tamil film was […]

1916 – 1940

1916 Sep 16, 1916 Subbulaksmi is born. She has two siblings: Her brother Saktivel is 2 years older and siter Vadivambal is 6-7 year younger.   1926 – Age 10 Debut at Madurai Sethupati High School. Sang a Marathi song Anada Ja when her mother requested her to sing. “The first stage appearance? “When it […]

Brindavan to Dwaraka – Meera’s pilgrimage

The Hindu, Sep 17, 2004 The making of “Meera” was studded with interesting incidents. ‘Kalki’ Krishnamurti, who wrote the script and a few of the immortal songs, accompanied the crew and recorded the episodes. Excerpts, translated by GOWRI RAMNARAYAN… read full story »