Centenary of Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, August 16, 2016: I am happy that UN is releasing a special stamp to mark the centenary of the Queen of Music M S Subbulakshmi. Her songs at the UN General Assembly many years ago prepared specially for the occasion by Shri Sankaracharya known as Kanchi Paramacharya and Rajaji made a tremendous impression both for the content of the songs and the melodious manner in which they were rendered. M S Subbulakshmi’s unique character was the sharing of her musical genius with organisations which are rendering valuable service to human kind. Her rendering of the slokas sung early in the morning in Tirupati to wake-up Lord Venkateswara has left behind an immortal impact. In spite of Jawaharlal Nehru calling her the Queen of Music, she has always remained very humble. Her humility is perhaps unmatched in the world of achievers. On the occasion of her birth centenary, we should remind ourselves not only of the joy of unforgettable music she has given us, but also the joy of sharing the funds she received as a result of music performances. Thus she will always be remembered both for her divine music and for her unmatched humanism.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.