Beloved singer of Carnatic music who received the prestigious
She received Carnatic music training from Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and began performing at age eleven in 1927.
She became the first musician ever to receive the highest award given to a civilian by the Indian government, the Bharat Ratna.
Her mother and grandmother were both musicians.
She and classical singer Lata Mangeshkar are both recipients of the Bharat Ratna.