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We should Celebrate Carnatic Maestro M Balamuralikrishna’s Music, says AR Rahman

The legendary musician M Balamuralikrishna, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86

M Balamuralikrishna. Wikimedia Commons

November 24, 2016: AR Rahman feels that the late legendary singer Balamuralikrishna’s music should be celebrated. He as a musician has left a huge legacy behind.

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According to PTI, the Oscar-winning composer said, “He is a legend. We shouldn’t mourn his death but celebrate such an icon, who kept the flag of classical music alive.”

Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna, the late Carnatic musician will always be remembered for the optimism and clarity of his three-octave vocals.

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“It is going to be alive because the recordings are still there. It is going to be alive because of his art,” Rahman, who was in Goa to attend the 10th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar here, said.

He composed several kirits, thillanans, and varnams. He also revived old ragas like Sunadavinodini and Narthak. He also created new ragas like Mahathi, Lavangi, Murali, Manorama, Omkari, Rohini, , Prathimadhyamavathi Saravashree, Sushma, Sumukham, Ganapathi, Pushkara Godvari, and Siddhi.

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The legendary musician M Balamuralikrishna, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. He was not well for some time and breathed his last at his residence in Chennai.

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YouTube Becomes The Most Used Application For Music: Report

This report also shows the challenges the music community continues to face.

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

If you are listening to music, chances are you’re on YouTube.

A music consumer report by the industry’s global body IFPI published Tuesday found that 86 percent of us listen to music through on-demand streaming.

And nearly half that time, 47 percent is spent on YouTube.

Video as a whole accounted for 52 percent of the time we spent streaming music, posing challenges to such subscription services as Spotify and SoundCloud.

The content-sharing platform is also adding a tool, thus, allowing creators to add or remove non-skippable advertisements in bulk. Pixabay

But while Spotify’s estimated annual revenue per user was $20 (17.5 euros), YouTube’s was less than a dollar.

The London-based IFPI issued a broader overview in April that found digital sales for the first time making up the majority of global revenues thanks to streaming.

The report published Tuesday looked into where and when we listen to music.

It found that three in four people globally use smartphones, with the rate among 16- to 24-year-olds reaching 94 percent.

The highest levels were recorded in India, where 96 percent of consumers used smartphones for music, including 99 percent of young adults.

YouTube music will separate the movies and music section on the platform. Pixabay

But music does not end when we put away our phones, with 86 percent globally also listening to the radio.

Copyright infringement was still a big issue, with unlicensed music accounting for 38 percent of what was consumed around the world.

“This report also shows the challenges the music community continues to face — both in the form of the evolving threat of digital copyright infringement as well as in the failure to achieve fair compensation from some user-upload services,” said IFPI chief Frances Moore.

The report noted that “96% of consumers in China and 96% in India listen to licensed music.”

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It did not, however, say how many of those consumers also listened to music that infringed copyrights.

Overall, the average consumer spent 2.5 hours a day listening to music, with the largest share of it consumed while driving, the industry report said. (VOA)