Remembering Balabhaskar (10/7/1978-2/10/2018)

Indian violinist, composer and record producer Balabhaskar Chandran was born into a musically rich family and discovered the world of instrumental music with his uncle and Carnatic maestro B Sasikumar. Known for his mastery over and promotion of fusion music in South India, he composed the soundtrack of the Malayalam film Mangalya Pallakku when he was just 12 years old. By 17, he was already established as a composer of film music.

Balabhaskar’s work includes romantic compilation albums Ninakaai and Aadyamai, as well as the fusion collection Let it B (2011) featuring Sivamani, Louis Banks, Fazal Qureshi, Gino Banks and Sheldon D'Silva. A collation of Carnatic keertanas called Bhajati showed off his special global sensibility melded with classical virtuosity.

Sadly, Balabhaskar passed away on October 2, 2018, after being grievously injured in a car accident a few weeks earlier. SoundboxIndia pays tribute to his talent on what would have been his 41st birthday…

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  • Saara maina (Bhajati)
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  • Lover boy (let it B)
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