G. N. Balasubramaniam (Tamil: ஜி.என்.பாலசுப்பிரமணியம், Telugu: జి.న.బాలసుబ్రహ్మణ్యం ) (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.
Early life and background :
Balasubramanian was born in Gudalur,a small village near Mayavaram in Tanjore, India. He was the son of G. V. Narayanaswamy Iyer, who was a keen student of music. Throughout his younger years, he observed with utmost attention
the techniques of the musicians of his day. Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar became his manasika guru and inspiration.While his father dreamed of living in a Luz Church road through GNB becoming a lawyer. The young musician in G.N.B made way for greater goals in life.He completed his B.A.(Hons) in at the prestigious Christian College, Chennai, and took up a short at Annamalai .under the guidance of Sri T.S. Sabesa Iyer, but discontinued due to ill . However, he joined the diploma course in music under in the first batch and Sri Tiger Varadachariar was the Principal . Within 2 years, he was ready for concert . With his debut in 1928, his climb to the dizzying heights of Carnatic music was almost meteoric.
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