A titan passes


D K PattammalThree great Indian musicians have left us in the recent past – Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Gangubai Hangal from the world of Hindustani music and D.K. Pattammal, the last of the Titans of Carnatic music. All three of them were pioneers in their field, the ustad playing a major role in the propagation of Hindustani music in the West, the US in particular, and the two women storming male bastions with their powerful voices and uncompromising musical values. The success of Sruti was assured when Pattammal offered her unconditional cooperation in a two-part profile with which we launched the magazine in October 1983. This is how that profile began – with a graphic description …read more