Balaji Shankar

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Post by ragam-talam » 21 Mar 2009, 02:38

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Post by vpadmana » 05 Nov 2009, 22:12

His is a sad story. He was such a promising young man. The death of his guru, Shri DKJ affected him a lot, I think. He was learning from Pattammal for some time but then made the inexplicable decision to go learn from BMK. Talk about a 180 degree change in paddhati, baani and paadaantharam.

There were also some personal problems which I shall not discuss here. This led to a period of disillusionment during which he gave up on music completely and went to New Delhi to pursue his software profession.

His personal problems sorted out and at peace at last, he returned to Madras but did not want to take up music again as I believe he felt, it would be too much of a mountain to climb to prominence as there were already many established artists of his generation.

It's such a waste though. DKJ mama encouraged him so much and had high hopes for him.
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Post by jayaram » 26 Nov 2009, 04:34

Dear friends, and fellow-fans of Balaji Shankar,

It seems many of these stories going around about Balaji may be incorrect after all. Recently I received the following email from an artiste friend of mine (we have a growing mailing list of London-based rasikas):

"Just wanted to update on Balaji Shankar. Balaji is very good friend of mine and is doing fine working with HCL in Chennai. Married for 4 years now, he has son who is 2, and as always in great spirits.

He had a problem with his voice which went worse after a surgery, due to incompetence of the ENT 'Specialist', which has forced him into a musical silence. Lets pray his son makes up for it."

I plan to be in Madras for the season 16th to 31st of December - will be staying at Woodlands hotel (near Music Academy).
I am hoping to meet up with Balaji. If anyone else is interested, we can have a joint get-together with him. Do let me know. Who knows, we may even get to hear him sing for us...!
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#104

Post by sbala » 26 Nov 2009, 07:54

I'm tired of all the stories and rumours about this gifted singer. If there is a meeting and the man himself is coming, I would love to attend.
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Post by rajeshnat » 26 Nov 2009, 08:21

I am interested and definitely would like to meet this mesemerizing and melliflous balaji shankar.
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#106

Post by Sundar Janakiraman » 15 Dec 2009, 00:32

Sir, I am interested in the meeting with Balaji Shankar(Dec 09). Kindly let me know if any arrangement has been made. my email is is [email protected]
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#107 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by ragam-talam » 08 Nov 2010, 06:21

Another lovely video clip of this gifted singer: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Z0 ... small#t=57
Pranatarthi Haraya in ragam Samantha.
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#108 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by smala » 11 Jan 2011, 11:16

Whatever happened to the planned meeting with Balaji Shankar - did it materialize? Please provide follow-up news. Something exciting is proposed and then, abruptly nothing further about the matter! Strange!

Found a blog-piece 2008, on B. Shankar sightings.

http://samanth.blogspot.com/2008/07/sea ... ankar.html
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#109 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by rajeshnat » 11 Jan 2011, 12:09

shyama-priya wrote:Whatever happened to the planned meeting with Balaji Shankar - did it materialize? Please provide follow-up news.
jayaram from UK who was there for the 2009 season proposed , few of us were looking forward . It did not materialize in 2009, let us hope jayaram comes for 2011 season or beyond ,as jayaram knows balaji shankar as a friend.
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#110 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by VISHNURAMPRASAD » 11 Jan 2011, 17:11

Am sure Balaji shankar is singing in AIR as he had arleady got B High spot which is a permanent contract given by AIR for atleast 5-6 concerts a year. I am sure he must have even got A grade keeping his age and experience. Once I heard his AIR concert a couple of years back, having heard him live and many times in AIR, i was sure that it was Balaji (ofcourse I could find some voice related issues here and there in the AIR concert. To my surprise the announcement said some other name like Shankar Raman or something like that. I felt he wanted to hide his identity due to the voice issue, but his passion for music was as ever. K.V. Prasad or some other AIR staff artists might know better about this.
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#111 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by krishna32 » 29 Sep 2011, 13:27

Hi Guys

I need to break the ice here.
Sri Balaji Shankar works in HCL Technologies as a Manager in Chennai.
I met him couple of months back while i was working with HCL.
Hope is still in HCL.

We had lots of valuable discussions about his guru Sri D.K.Jayaraman.

Regards
Krishna
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#112 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by cienu » 20 Apr 2016, 08:40

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5SbFsHjx2Co
Govardhana Gireesham recently recorded at his home by Balaji Shankar
Let us hope that this is a small first step to his comeback to the stage
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#113 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by Sundara Rajan » 20 Apr 2016, 08:57

I did listen to his recording. I do not detect any flaw in his voice. It is the same as I heard him in NY and NJ some fifteen years ago. I guess he is ready to reenter prime time. Other rasikas also should encourage him to get back into the concert circuit.
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#114 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by rajeshnat » 20 Apr 2016, 09:24

O gosh what a great first step , lovely voice and throw . Let Lord Balaji grace this balaji shankar to make a comeback.
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#115 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by sureshvv » 20 Apr 2016, 11:59

Hoping to see him on stage soon.
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#116 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by sweetsong » 20 Apr 2016, 22:57

Thank you Cienu ji for this wonderful update!
Here is a vintage clip of him with his guru,
singing Kalyani alapana with Sri M.S.Gopalakrishnan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_388L_XWbM

It would be totally wonderful to see him back
in action.
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#117 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by varsha » 25 Sep 2016, 09:55

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#118 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by CRama » 27 Sep 2016, 10:18

Varsha Thanks a lot for the concert. I enjoyed it.
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#119 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by Vocalist » 14 Mar 2017, 18:56

Friends, I am so pleased to provide good news in this thread. Balaji Shankar performed a live concert on stage in October last year in Tokyo (Japan) for the MSS Centenary Celebrations. That's right folks; his comeback to the stage has already happened (while many of you were keeping quiet or looking the other way it seems)! ;)
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#120 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by Vocalist » 14 Mar 2017, 19:16

cienu provided an audio link above to a lovely recording of Balaji Shankar singing Govardhana Gireesham in Hindolam without accompanists. That was uploaded in April 2016.

I am pleased to now provide a video link of Balaji Shankar singing another Dikshitar gem, Purahara Nandana in Hameerkalyani, with accompanists. This video was uploaded in October 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL5B5MwiKcw

I will leave it to the experts to provide an English translation of the conversation which can be heard between Puvanur Viswanathan Iyer (mridangist) and Madurai Balasubramaniam (violinist) at the end of the video. :)
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#121 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by rsrini » 17 May 2018, 21:59

Vocalist wrote:
14 Mar 2017, 18:56
Friends, I am so pleased to provide good news in this thread. Balaji Shankar performed a live concert on stage in October last year in Tokyo (Japan) for the MSS Centenary Celebrations. That's right folks; his comeback to the stage has already happened (while many of you were keeping quiet or looking the other way it seems)! ;)
Here's a link to some clips of the Tokyo concert.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nAEE8O7HKo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL5B5MwiKcw
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#122 Re: Balaji Shankar

Post by rajeshnat » 17 May 2018, 22:46

So nice to hear this extra ordinary musician , you made my day -rsrini . I am assuming his IT work pushed him to Tokyo may be he will come back to chennai and start performing soon.
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