Violinist, composer Balabhaskar passes away

Acclaimed musician Balabhaskar was undergoing treatment after the car he was travelling met with an accident in Thiruvananthapuram on 25 September. 

Published: 02nd October 2018 03:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd October 2018 11:33 AM   |  A+A-

Balabhaskar

Balabhaskar had shot to fame, when as a 17-year-old, became the youngest composer in Malayalam by scoring music for the film 'Mangalya Pallak'. (Photo | Facebook)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Popular violinist and fusion musician Balabhaskar, who sustained serious injuries in a car crash on September 25, died here on Tuesday. He was 40 and under treatment at a private hospital in the state capital.

Read: The journey of Balabhaskar

The young musician, who had shown signs of improvement, succumbed in the early hours of Tuesday following a heart attack. His two-year-old daughter Tejaswini Bala had died in the accident. Balabhaskar's wife Lakshmi and car driver Arjun, who were also injured in the crash, are still in hospital. The musician and his family were returning home from Thrissur after offering prayers at the Vadakkunnathan Temple when the car spun out of control and crashed into a tree at Pallipuram in Thiruvananthapuram district in the early hours of September 25.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at University College in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday paying tribute to musician Balabhaskar. ( Photo | B P Deepu/ EPS)

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A familiar face on stage and TV shows, Balabhaskar has directed music for a number of films as well. He will be best remembered for popularising the electric violin among youngsters in Kerala and for making the string instrument the main event in stage shows.

Violinist Balabhaskar, wife Lakshmi and daughter Tejaswini.

Born to K S Unni and B Santhakumari, Balabhaskar began his music studies under his uncle B Sasikumar when he was three years old. The youngster first appeared on stage with his violin at the age of 12. Five years later, he debuted in Malayalam cinema by directing music for 'Mangalya Pallakku.' During his college days, he had been a multiple winner in violin at the Kerala University arts fest. His later albums 'Ninakkayi' and 'Aadyamayi,' were immensely popular with the young crowd. Balabhaskar was also music director for films like 'Moksham,' 'Panchajanyam' and 'Kannadikadavathu.'

On Tuesday, music lovers united in their grief on social media after the news of his untimely death broke. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a condolence message, said that the music world has lost a talented artist. Balabhaskar gifted a new face to fusion music and brought to it a new level of appreciation, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala said.

''Wielding his electric violin, he was a favourite with the hip crowd, but he was also equally loved by the classical music buffs,'' Culture Minister A K Balan said. Balabhaskar chose to seek his own path in music. The untimely death of the violin prodigy has caused a deep loss to the world of music, CPM veteran V S Achuthanandan said.

''Deeply saddened by the passing of violinist Balabhaskar. A loss for the world of music & for Thiruvananthapuram,'' Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted. ''My heart goes out to his grieving family,'' Tharoor said. ''Magical fingers which created wonder...The music never dies,'' actor Mohanlal tweeted.

Singer and music composer Shankar Mahadevan took to Twitter to express grief over Balabasker 's death. "Very sad. Very unfair! Just not able to come to terms with it. Our dearest #Balabhaskar has left us ... deeply saddened.. a very sad day for music ... our prayers are with the family," wrote Mahadevan.

Balabhaskar's body was kept at the University College for the public to pay homage. The body would be kept at the Kalabhavan Theatre also before being taken to his home at Thirumala. The cremation will be held at the Santhi Kavadam on Wednesday evening.

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  • Khushroo Dholoo

    I downloaded his performance by fluke from YouTube and fell in love with his music. Feel extremely sad for him. Its not fair for a genius to be taken away so suddenly from our midst. My condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace. Amen!!
    2 months ago reply
  • Kg.reekeshvarman

    No words
    2 months ago reply
  • Mrinal

    Life is so cruel
    2 months ago reply
  • Satish

    After a long wait he is finally meeting his daughter.... RIP
    2 months ago reply
  • beaula

    life is so short. rest in peace
    2 months ago reply
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