Recalling D.K. Pattammal’s legacy

Recalling D.K. Pattammal’s legacy
DKP 100’ is an initiative conceived by vocalist Nithyasree Mahadevan to commemorate the birth centenary of her illustrious grandmother, the iconic D.K. Pattammal. Programmes have been planned for the entire duration of this centenary year and have had very good responses from the present crop of musicians and rasikas. According to Nithyasree, over fifty such have come together for this venture.

A three-day festival was conducted by DKP 100 in conjunction with Hamsadhwani at the Youth Hostel premises in Indira Nagar from 26 to 28 January 2019. This festival was named Eppadi Padinaro highlighting D.K. Pattammal’s promotion of Tamil songs in her concerts.

Day 1 commenced with an introduction of the festival by R. Sundar of Hamsadhwani. He reminisced about the inauguration of Hamsadhwani in 1990 when D.K. Pattammal lit the kuthuvilakku to give an auspicious start to Hamsadhwani’s artistic journey. He spoke about the encouragement DKP gave his father R. Ramachandran, the founder of Hamsadhwani. His speech was followed by a short account of DKP 100 by Nithyasree, followed by a vocal concert by T.M. Krishna who sang the Tamil songs popularised by Pattammal, with great poise and discipline. It was a magnificent tribute to the legend. The presentation included such gems as Sivakama sundari in Mukhari, Aru marundoru in Kambhoji, Poonkuyil koovum in Misra Kapi, and Santi nilava vendum… read more