This Audio Mp3 CD unfurls musical discourse of Brahmasri T S Balakrishna Sastrigal, a doyen in the field of Harikatha on a very interesting episode from the epic Mahabharatham involving incisive interaction between Arjuna and Shiva. This live performance, dating back to 1960s, overflows with the inimitable TSB style of music, drama, bhakti and dharma. A valuable addition to any ones' archive.
On Brahmasri T. S. Balakrishna Sastrigal (1919-2003) Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur, near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, he began performing at the age of 23 and held sway over Harikatha Kalakshebam for over 6 decades. A former senior executive of State Bank of India, his very name was synonymous with this traditional art of story-telling.
With an amazing and unmatched command over the Vedas, Puranas, Sastras, classical music and a score of languages, he held the audience spell-bound with his flair, fervour, felicity of expression and a resonant voice. Among the countless titles and honors that were conferred on him, the title "Harikatha Rathnakara" bestowed on him by both the Paramachariyals of Kamakoti and Sringeri peetams simultaneously at Asthika Samaj, Chennai in the year 1966 stands out. Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Delhi honored him in1993. Music Academy, Chennai conferred on him the Sangeetha Kala Acharya Award in 1997. Tamil Nadu Government bestowed on him the Kalaimaamani title in 1972.