Kerala: Popular violinist Balabhaskar passes away

Balabhaskar (Photo:
Balabhaskar (Photo:
Popular musician and violinist Balabhaskar, who was grievously injured in a car accident near here on September 25, passed away at a private hospital here in the early hours of today.
He was 40. He is survived by his wife Lakshmi, who also suffered serious injuries and is still undergoing treatment in the hospital. Their two-year-old daughter, Thejaswini Bala, had died in the accident.
Arjun, a friend of the couple, who was driving the car, also suffered serious injuries in the mishap and he is also undergoing treatment.
The family was returning to Thiruvananthapuram after visiting temples in Thrissur when their car crashed into a wayside tree at Pallipuram on the outskirts of the state capital after Arjun apparently dozed off at the wheel.
Local people and the police reached the spot and managed to extricate the victims from the wreckage of the car and rushed them to a hospital, where the child was pronounced dead. The child was born 16 years after the couple married.
Doctors at the hospital said Balabhaskar breathed his last around 1 am today. His body will be taken to the Medical College Hospital here for an autopsy.
Sources close to the family said the musician's mortal remains would later be kept at the University College, his alma mater, for his fans and admirers to pay their last respects. 
Later, his body will be taken to his residence at Poojappura here for the last rites, scheduled for tomorrow, they said.
Balabhaskar had shot to fame when, at the age of 17, he had composed the music for the Malayalam film "Mangalya Pallak". He went on to score the music for several other films, including "Kannadikadavathu" and "Moksham".
Born on July 10, 1978 to Chandran, a retired postmaster from Thirumala, and Santhakumari, a retired music teacher at the Swathi Thirunal College of Music here, Balabhaskar was introduced to the world of instrumental music by his unclude B. Sasikumar, a reputed violinist, and was soon recognized as a child prodgy as he began performing on stage at the age of 12. His grandfather Bhaskara Panikkar was a well-known Nadaswara musician.
He received the Bismillah Khan Yuva Sangeetkar Puruskar from the Sangeet Natak Akademi for instrumental music (violin) in 2008.
He was part of a band "Balaleela" and his stage shows across the country won him thousands of fans, thanks to his ability to connect with his audiences. His many fusion music performances with top musicians such as Ustad Zakir Hussain, Sivamani, Fazal Qureshi, Hariharan, Mattannoor Sankarankutty, Vikku Vinayakram and Louis Banks added to his popularity.
Balabhaskar brought out many albums including his debut album let it B in 2011 and later Ninakaai, Aadyamai and Bhajati.

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