Chennai: Carnatic music legend Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna passed away here on Tuesday. He was 86 and was not well for some time.

Apart from being a singer, Balamuralikrishna was also a composer, actor and multi-instrumentalist. He mastered all the emelakartha ragas at a tender age of 15.

Along with Carnatic singing, he was also good at playing musical instruments like violin, viola, kanjira and mridangam.

Balamuralikrishna started his musical career at the age of six and had given over 25,000 concerts worldwide. He had composed over 400 compositions in Telugu, Sanskrit, Kannada and Tamil.

Balamuralikrishna was conferred the Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhusan awards by the Indian government.

He was among the many singers who performed ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’, a song promoting national integration and unity in diversity on Doordarshan TV channel.