GNB, as he was popularly
known, came blazing into the Carnatic scene, a young and handsome graduate
in English Honors, at a time when the arena was already studded with
Yes, he WAS the singing superstar of carnatic
music in his time. He swayed the minds of the
pundits and layman alike through the rich
timbre of his voice and his immense repertoire.
His music was refreshingly different, full of unique
ideas and brilliant brigas, with a touch of modernity. He mesmerised the old and
young alike with his very fluid voice, effortlessness of expression and
explorative approach to raga alapanas. His impact on Carnatic music
cannot be over-emphasised.
He was peerless in his style of
raga elaboration and middle tempo rendering coupled with his inimitable style.
He carried his handsome personality laden with music virtuoso with ease and