‘Bharat Ratna’ M.S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004): hailed as the voice of the Nation and as the Nightingale of the country, MS was the icon of Carnatic and devotional music. Her voice and songs won appreciation from several people ranging from Mahatma Gandhi and Rajaji to Pt Nehru and Sarojini Naidu and others. In her younger days she also acted in several Tamil films like Sevasadanam, Meera, Savitri and Shakuntala. She took Indian classical music to different corners of the world including to the UN General Assembly in 1966.