Chennai, May 02: Veteran Carnatic musician M
Balamuralikrishna has been selected by the French government
for the "Chevalier" award, the highest civilian recognition by
He will be the first Carnatic musician to be selected for
the award which is also the first international one for him.
Balamuralikrishna will be the second from South India to
get this honour after legendary actor late "Sivaji" Ganesan.
The French government's decision was conveyed to the
musician by its Culture Minister Rennaud Donne Dieu de Vabres
in a letter.
The award is being conferred on him for his distinguished
contribution to the field of arts and music.
"It is a rare honour for the entire Carnatic music world.
I am surprised they have recognised a musician, that too a
Carnatic musician. It is my first international award, though
I have received many honours from Indians abroad,"
Balamuralikrishna told reporters today.
He said the award might be conferred on him either in
Paris or at the French embassy in New Delhi.