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T.R. Balamani is no more
CHENNAI, November 30: We regret to inform that T.R. Balamani, a well-known teacher of Carnatic music, is no more.

She passed away on the morning of October 30, 2014.

A teacher par excellence, she trained an array of musicians who have gone on to achieve star status in the world of Carnatic music.

She was the recipient of several awards including the first M.S. Subbulakshmi Lifetime Achievement Award from Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai; the TTK Award from the Music Academy; and the Acharya Rathnakara title from the Tyagaraja Aradhana Committee, Cleveland.

She grew up under the tutelage of illustrious musicians such as Musiri Subramania Iyer, T. Brinda, Tirupambaram Swaminatha Pillai, M.A.Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar and Devakottai Narayana Iyengar. If the scholarship under the watchful eyes of Musiri Subramania Iyer revealed the class in her, the studentship at the Central College of Carnatic Music prepared her for an assignment that had no fixed tenure. She was bold, spirited and determined. So much so, she was showered with affection by all her teachers. Swaminathan Pillai taught her Pallavi. She learnt the art of neraval singing under a caring Musiri Subramania Iyer. She was teachers’ pet student. A wonderful person and a teacher par excellence, Balamani began teaching music from the age of 22.

In May this year, her students had come together to organize a Guru Vandanam for their dear teacher. The function was held on May 17 at the venerable Music Academy in Chennai. Her students include Oscar nominee Bombay Jayashri, Susheela Raman, Prasanna Venkatraman, Lakshmi Rajagopal, Vasumathi Badrinathan, Ranjani Chander and Shankar Mahadevan, among others.

We, at, pay our pranams to one of the best teachers of our time.

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