Carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna died at the age of 86

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The great Carnatic musician M. Balamuralikrishna died at the age of 86 on November 22 in Chennai.

M. Balamuralikrishna was honoured with Padma Vibhushan — India’s second-highest civilian honour in 1991.

He started his career when he was nine years old. His compositions include devotional thillans, javalis, krithis and varnams in all the the 72 fundamental melakartha ragas.

He made his acting debut with Bhakta Prahlada in 1967, and even composed the music for the first Sanskrit film Adi Shankaracharya.

Balamuralikrishna was made Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005.

He is best known for innovating the tala system along with Saptha Mukhi, Thri Mukhi, Panchamukhi and Nava Mukhi.

Apart from being a talent singer, he also played the mridangam, kanjira and the viola.