1. WATCH | MS Subbulakshmi’s grand-daughters meet PM Narendra Modi; sing Maithreem Bhajatha

WATCH | MS Subbulakshmi’s grand-daughters meet PM Narendra Modi; sing Maithreem Bhajatha

S Aishwarya and S Saundarya, great grand-daughters of Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 19, 2017 10:49 PM
PM Narendra Modi, PM Modi, MS Subbulakshmi, PM Narendra Modi meets  family members of Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi PM Narendra Modi with the family members of Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi. (Photo: Twitter)

S Aishwarya and S Saundarya, great grand-daughters of Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefly performed the “Maithreem Bhajatha.” Along with the two siblings, their parents, V Shrinivasan and Geetha Shrinivasan also met the PM. “Maithreem Bhajatha” is a benediction which was also rendered by MS Subbulakshmi herself in October 1966 at the United Nations. As per NarendraModi.in, this benediction was composed in Sanskrit by Acharya Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati of Kanchi.

The benediction is said to be an anthem for universal friendship and world peace, which was sung by MS Subbulakshmi in most of her subsequent concerts. “Maithreem Bhajatha” ends with the words “Srey o bhooyat sakala jananam” – Let grace and happiness abound for all mankind. Earlier in the day, an exhibition was inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu celebrating the legacy of carnatic musician. Naidu described Subbulakshmi as an “unsurpassed phenomenon” in her field.

A nearly two-week-long exhibition titled ‘Kurai Ondrum Illai’ – which borrows its name from one of her famous songs – will be held in Madurai in respect of the celebrated musician, PTI reports.  “She was an unsurpassed phenomenon in the Carnatic music field and perhaps will remain unsurpassed in this generation too. First prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru once told her that he was just an ordinary PM, but she was a ‘queen of music’,” Naidu said.

“Even Gandhiji had requested her to do a rendition of ‘Hari Tuma Haro’ bhajan, which she did. It was recorded overnight and sent to Gandhiji on his birthday in 1947,” Naidu said. Naidu added: “It is our bounden duty to preserve our culture for the next generation, and the life and legacy of MS should inspire the youth to pursue greater heights.”

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