“Who am I, a mere prime minister, before the Queen of Song? “Who said this for whom?

It was quoted by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru for Bharat Ratna renowned Carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi. M. S. Subbulakshmi was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1998. She was called Tapaswini by Lata Mangeshkar and Suswaralakshmi by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Sarojini Naidu called her “Nightingale of India”. Venkateswara Suprabhatam , the musical hymns to awaken Lord Balaji early in the morning are today played in almost all parts of India every morning.

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