Calling life as incomplete without the elements like knowledge, music, dance, painting, sculpture and crafts, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu recalled the life and music of a DK Pattammal, who rose to become one of the female trinity of Carnatic music. The other being MS Subbulakshmi and iconic ML Vasanta Kumari.
The Vice President was addressing the gathering after inaugurating DK Pattammal’s Centenary Celebrations, in Chennai on Saturday.
“We are remembering today a musical icon on whom were bestowed numerous honours and awards… President’s national award in 1962, Sangita Kalanidhi from Music Academy, Padma Bhushan in 1971, Sangeet Natak Academy fellow and later Padma Vibhushan,” he said.
The Vice President said that Smt. Pattammal’s uncompromising adherence to tradition when values were fast changing, her dedication to the art, without aspiring for returns and her judicious selection of musical offerings in her concerts, made her an inspiring personality.
“…Smt. Pattammal carved out a path as a professional musician against all social odds. She was a self-taught musician with no formal gurukula training. She had a remarkable musical ear that enabled her to absorb the nuances of classical music effortlessly,” the Vice President said.
She was an example of an empowered woman, passionate about music and dedicated to the values she deeply cherished, he said adding, “Smt. Pattammal carved out a path as a professional musician against all social odds and she was a self-taught musician with no formal gurukula training, he added”.
The Vice President also said that Indian classical music especially carnatic music, has woven noble thoughts, ennobling emotions and melodious notes into a unique seamless, delightful experience.
“Music is a universal unifier and it has no barriers and in our increasingly conflict-ridden world, music can provide the much needed soothing touch,” he added.
The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit, the Minister for Fisheries, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, D Jayakumar and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.