Singer Pithukuli Murugadas passes away

Nagapattinam,November 17: Tamil devotional singer 'Pithukuli' Murugadas died in Chennai early this morning.

Murugadas (95) was a writer, lyricist and music composer.

He was recipient of Kalaimamani, Sankeerthana Samrat and Thyagaraja awards.

Born at Coimbatore on January 25, 1920, in a Brahmin family, Murugadas (Balasubramanian) learnt bhajans from his grandfather Gopalakrishna Bagavathar.

Murugadas, who started his musical career in 1947, has written and composed thousands of devotional songs and performed in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the USA.

Murugadas, founder of Sri Jyothir Maya Devi Charity Trust in Chennai, used to instruct organisers of his musical programmes to feed the poor in lieu of his fee.

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