Born in 1929 in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, Shri Mamilla- palli Surra Balasubrahmanya Sarma received his training in Carnatic vocal music under the eminent musician G. Pydi- swami, who belonged to the musical tradition of Dwaram Venkataswami Naidu. Shri M.S. Balasubrahmanya Sarma has enjoyed a success- ful career as a vocalist and has distinguished himself as a teacher of Carnatic music. He is known for his chaste, traditional style, which has won him a following among discerning listeners. Shri M.S. Balasubrahmanya Sarma receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Carnatic vocal music.