Violinist Balabhaskar, who was critically injured in a car accident last week, passed away at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday morning. He was 40.
While his condition was said to be improving, a sudden heart attack in the wee hours of Tuesday was the reason behind his sudden death, according to the doctors.
Balabhaskar’s two-year-old daughter Tejaswini had died in the accident. His wife Lakshmi and driver Arjun, who were also injured in the accident, are still undergoing treatment. Balabhaskar’s car hit a tree on September 25, when the musician along with his family were travelling back to Trivandrum after visiting a temple in Thrissur.
The musician, who had suffered brain and spine injuries, had undergone surgeries since the accident. Doctors treating him said they were working overtime to ensure his recovery but it did not happen. Balabhaskar’s death has saddened thousands of his fans. His body will be kept for the public to pay their last respects at the Thiruvananthapuram college where he studied.
Balabhaskar was a child prodigy on the violin. He began a music troupe, Confusion, when he was a student at Trivandrum. He married to Lakshmi when he was 22 years old. They had got a child after 16 years of marriage.
Taking to Twitter, Balabhaskar’s close friend and singer-director Vineeth Sreenivasan wrote: “ Thank you for the advices you gave me Balu etta.. It’s really really hard to believe the news.. It was an honour knowing u, performing with u.. You were a genius.. your performances will always be remembered.. and ur smile will stay in people’s hearts.. “
He was introduced to the world of cinema as a music director in ‘Mangalya Pallakku’ at the age of 17. As a music composer, he had worked with Dr. K. J. Yesudas, Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, K. S. Chitra, Sujatha, Sreenivas, Karthik and some other legendary singers. He was renowned across the world as a violin artist and his solo concert was a never-missed annual event for many organizations and communities world-wide. He also composed many music albums and performed on stage across the world though gradually pulling out of film music. (PenNews with input from UNI)