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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

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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.

by NewsGram team with inputs from different agencies

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IPRS and Google Sign Music Licensing Deal For India

YouTube has a strong and pioneering role to play in encouraging creators and connecting them with markets and users

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Mumbai-based Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) that represents composers, lyricists and music publishers on Tuesday granted a license to Google to utilise the group members work in India across Google-owned YouTube and related services.

“The IPRS-Google agreement is a historic milestone for Indian authors and music composers as well as music publishers. I congratulate and thank Google for backing Indian artistes, music publishers and the creative fraternity in such a strong way in India,” lyricist and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar, Chairman of IPRS, said in a statement.

YouTube has a strong and pioneering role to play in encouraging creators and connecting them with markets and users, Akhtar added.

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According to Christophe Muller, Global Head of Music Licensing, YouTube, this is yet another step in YouTube’s ongoing commitment to ensure that writers, composers and publishers continue to be paid fairly.

“We’re pleased to have reached this important agreement with IPRS that will bring more value to songwriters and artists, and deliver an incredible experience to music fans in India,” said Muller. (IANS)