Composer Showcase

G N Balasubramaniam

A programme presenting some compositions of the star musician-composer.

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RJ: Srividya

G N Balasubramaniam

A programme presenting some compositions of the star musician-composer.

G N Balasubramaniam (6 Jan 1910 – 1 May 1965), popularly known as GNB, was a legendary vocalist in the Carnatic tradition. He became the first superstar of Carnatic music, innovating the art through emphasis on laya control & reducing the gamakas which eventually made Carnatic music appeal to the lay and the learned alike. As a critical musician with a revolutionary approach to Carnatic music, GNB made sure that many of his musical feats were technically and methodically feasible. With his charismatic speaking style and writing, he made his ideas clear and all opposition against his style faded quickly. With his charm, fame and yet humble personality, potential disciples flocked for his guidance in music. GNB was also an astute composer, managing to incorporate phrases and bring out new nuances even in established ragas. However, he rarely sang any of his own compositions.

Songs in this Program