M S Subbulakshmi to be honoured by A R Rahman at UN on Independence Day

Aug 11, 2016 13:04 IST

M S   SubbulakshmiRenowned carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi will be honoured at the United Nations on 15 August 2016, India’s 70th Independence Day, by a performance by A.R. Rahman at the United Nations General Assembly.

With this, Rahman will become the second Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform at the UN.  She was invited by the then UN Secretary General U Thant to perform at the UN headquarters in 1966.

About M S Subbulakshmi

Born on 16 September 1916, Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi was a Carnatic vocalist.

She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award in 1974.

She gave her first performance at the prestigious Madras Music Academy in 1929 when she was 13 years old.

She passed away on 11 December 2004 at the age of 88.

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