Zee Media Bureau/Liji Varghese
New Delhi: Internet giant Google on Monday honoured renowned Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi on her 97th birth anniversary with a doodle on its homepage.
The second `G` in the word Google portrays the great musician holding a tanpura, with other musical instruments placed strategically to replace other alphabets.
Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi also known as M.S. to her fans, was born in Madurai, Madras Presidency, India to veena player Shanmukavadiver Ammal and Subramania Iyer on 16 September 1916.
Subbulakshmi began her Carnatic classical music training under her mother, and later Hindustani classical training under Pandit Narayan Rao Vyas.
A child prodigy, Subbulakshmi`s first recording was realised when she was only 10 years old and by the age of 17, she was giving concerts on her own.
She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1998. She is also the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, often regarded as Asia`s Nobel Prize, in 1974.