Sri Garimella Balakarishna Prasad who composed the Asthana Vidwaan and Ahobhilamatam Asthana Vidwaan is a great Indian classical devotional singer. He was born on born 9 November 1948. In diverse Indian musical genres, he is regarded as a master of composing and reciting Annamacharya Sankeerthanas in various styles.
Few of his famous tunes are Vinaro Bhagyamu Jagadapu Chanavula, Bhagyamu Vishnukatha, Vachenu Alamelumanga, Tiruveedhula Merasi, Choodaramma Satulaala and so on.
Details about Early life
Sri Balakrishna was born to Sri Narasimha Rao who was a music teacher. He was an excellent vocal artist of All India Radio. He was born in Rajahmundry. With the help of Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, he mastered composing music to Annamacharya Sakeerthanas and also publishing books with musical notations and audio recordings.
He had undergone training for classical Kritis during a 2-year scholarship from TTD. He was trained even by Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna.
After the completion of a diploma in Carnatic classical vocal music, Sri Balakrishna joined the Annamacharya Project. He brought forth his musical talent and prowess through the participation in Annamacharya project, to which he remained a loyal exponent till his retirement. He was always committed and consistent in learning music to improve his talent. He has composed tunes for more than 600 Annamacharya songs and recorded for TTD and also published music notation books.
G. Radha is his wife and he has two sons, G.S Pavana Kumar and G.V.N Anil Kumar. S. Janaki, the popular playback singer is his niece.
Awards, titles, and felicitations
Sri Balakrishna bagged the MASTER M.N. AWARD, in 1998 from an international organization in Vishakapatnam “World Teachers Trust”. Also, he has achieved the titles like SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE, in 2000, “Academy of Fine Arts”, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, Uttama Purusha, in 2000, Andhra Samskrithika Samithi, Hosuru, Tamil Nadu.
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