Harikatha Srimad Bhagavatha Sapthaagam
Srimad Bhagavatham authored by Saint Vyasa is one of the highly venerated epics of ancient India that contains the very quintessence of Sanaathana Dharma. The common man can navigate such an ocean of Bhakti, Yoga and Karma only with the help of an erudite and devout puranic like Brahmasri T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal, one of the greatest Harikatha exponents.
Here the scholar, in his inimitable style, handholds the audience and helps them savor the nuggets of wisdom that Srimad Bhagavatham is replete with.
With his majestic voice, flawless diction and a distinctively dramatic narration, he renders the verses soaked in soul stirring music.
The late doyen of Harikatha bestows this pack as his blessings on the fortunate listeners from his abode in Heaven.
On Brahmasri T S Balakrishna Sastrigal (1919-2003)
Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur, near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, he began performing at the age of 23 and held sway over Harikatha Kalakshebam for over 6 decades. A former senior executive of State Bank of India, his very name was synonymous with this traditional art of story-telling..
With an amazing and unmatched command over the Vedas, Puranas, Sastras, classical music and a score of languages, he held the audience spell-bound with his flair, fervour, felicity of expression and a resonant voice.
Among the countless titles and honors that were conferred on him, the title "Harikatha Rathnakara" bestowed on him by both the Paramachariyals of Kamakoti and Sringeri peetams simultaneously at Asthika Samaj, Chennai in the year 1966 stands out.Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Delhi honored him in1993. Music Academy, Chennai conferred on him the Sangeetha Kala Acharya Award in 1997.Tamil Nadu Government bestowed on him the Kalaimaamani title in 1972.