In this, the definitive biography of the musician (previously published as MS: A Life in Music), award-winning biographer T. J. S. George traces her journey from her beginnings as a singer in Madurai, through her breakthrough performance at the prestigious Madras Music Academy in 1932, to her carving out a place for herself as a cultural icon. Besides exploring MS?s genius, the author describes the musical and social milieu that she was part of and the various barriers she was instrumental in breaking in the course of her journey to superstardom. He covers her stint as an actress and looks at how her career was helped by various mentors and sponsors, including C. Rajagopalachari, India?s last governor general. He pays particular attention to the role of her husband, T. Sadavisam, in the creation and burnishing of MS?s reputation. He examines the various controversies that surrounded her origins and also underlines her essential humility and generosity. Told with a music connoisseur?s passion and understanding, M. S. Subbulakshmi: the Definitive Biography is an enthralling portrait of a musical legend.