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Balabhaskar

Balabhaskar
Background information
Birth name Balabhaskar Chandran Santhakumari
Born (10-07-00)July , 10
Origin India Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum), Kerala
Genres Indian, Fusion, Carnatic, World
Occupations Singer, Composer, Violinist, Record producer
Years active 1995–present
Website Official Site

Balabhaskar (born 10 July) is an Indian violinist, composer and record producer. He is best known for promoting fusion music in South India.[1][2] Hailing from a musically affluent family, he was introduced to the world of instrumental music at the age of three, by his uncle Shri. B.Sasikumar, a laureate in Carnatic music.[3]

Career

Balabhaskar was a child prodigy and start doing stage show at 12.[3] He became the youngest music director in the Malayalam film industry when he composed for the movie Mangalya Pallak (audio marketed by Magna Sound) at 17.[4] His compositions for the albums Ninakaai and Aadyamai are still among the most-sought-after romantic song collections.[4] He is exceptionally versed in Carnatic music and hence is an exponent of the same. His flair of connecting with his audience has made him one of the hot favorites for major stage shows and classical concerts.[2]

Balabhaskar has performed with many noted musicians and instrumentalists in India and abroad, including Ustad Zakhir Hussain, Sivamani, Louiz Banks, Vikku Vinayakram, Hariharan, Mattannur Sankarankutty, Ranjit Barot, Fazal Qureshi, and so on. He also performs with his guru and uncle Shri B. Sasikumar, as violin duo in Carnatic concerts.

Latest works

Balabhaskar debut instrumental fusion album was let it B in 2011. It features renowned musicians including Sivamani, Louiz Banks, Fazal Qureshi, Gino Banks and Sheldon D Silva. let it B has flavors of rock, jazz, hip-hop and techo music spun around Balabhaskar's Indian violin. The album uses specially composed Sanskrit lyrics, in an effort to promote Sanskrit as a language of communication. Two songs, "Begin with Soorya" and "B yond," have been visualized and are available along with the visuals of the making in the limited edition series. The album is produced under the banner of MC Audios and Videos.

Balabhaskar brought out a collection of soothing Carnatic Keertanas colored in his style, lending it an international flavor. The project is called Bhajati and is marketed by Audio Tracs.

Awards

Balabhaskar is the recipient of the Bismillah Khan Yuva Sangeetkaar Puraskaar[5] in 2008 by Kendra Sangeet Natak Academy for Instrumental Music(Violin).[6]

Filmography

Apart from his concerts and stage shows, Balabhaskar has given music to ad films, movies, tele-serial titles and albums in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu and Sanskrit languages.

Name Year Genre
Bhajati 2011 Carnatic fusion
let it B 2011 World fusion album
Pattinde Palazhi 2010 Malayalam movie
Mangalyapallakku - Malayalam movie
Ninakkayi - Malayalam Album
Moksham - Malayalam movie
Kannadikkadavathu - Malayalam movie
Adyamai - Malayalam album

References

External links

  • Raga of love: Article from The Hindu
  • Balabhaskar got Bismillah Khan Yuva Sangeetkar award
  • Balabhaskar on a high
  • Sound Waves
  • Fiddler in the Rain
  • New Universe Music Festival USA - Review
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