Local singer's successful CD album

2008-09-09 00:00

A young Maritzburg singer, Magantharen Balakisten, who quit his hometown after the death of his mother and mentor, Shankutula Balakisten, has carved a niche for himself in the field of Carnatic music in South Africa with the release of his CD Thevaram — a selection of sacred Saivite hymns.

Balakisten has expressed his gratitude to Pietermaritzburg people like the late Dhanalutchee Naicker, who studied music and singing in India for many years, for his teaching. Another Pietermaritzburg individual who was responsible for tutoring him on the Thevaram scriptures was Sergie Phillips. Balakisten went to Tamil school in Pietermaritzburg and always maintains: “I belong here, except that Durban has more young people versed in the vernacular and who are at an advanced stage when it comes to Carnatic music.”

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