Reputed singer of religious songs Pithukuli Murugathas passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95.
Murugadas (95) was a writer, lyricist and music composer. He was recipient of Kalaimamani, Sankeerthana Samrat and Thyagaraja awards. Born at Coimbatore on January 25, 1920, in a Brahmin family, Murugadas (Balasubramanian) learnt bhajans from his grandfather Gopalakrishna Bagavathar.
While participating in a freedom struggle in 1936, he was severely beaten up by police and lost vision in his left eye completely. Murugadas, who started his musical career in 1947, has written and composed thousands of devotional songs and performed in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the USA.