Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna (1930-2016) was an Indian Carnatic musician who began his career at six and gave over 25,000 concerts worldwide. He was awarded numerous accolades, including the Sangeetha Kalanidhi from Madras Music Academy in 1978 and the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honor. Balamuralikrishna popularized the compositions of Sri Bhadrachala Ramadasu, Sri Annamacharya, and others. He was known for combining the sophisticated vocal skills and rhythmic patterns of classical music with the popular demand for entertainment value. He presented concerts in several countries, and aside from Telugu—his native language—he composed in other languages including Kannada, Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi.