D. K. Pattammal birth centenary celebrations launched

Vice president of India, Venkaiah Naidu launched the formal birth centenary celebrations of Carnatic music maestro D K Pattammal on Saturday morning at the Narada Gana Sabha auditorium, Alwarpet.

The state governor Banwarilal Purohit was also a special guest here.

A portrait of the well-known and legendary artiste drawn by actor-playwright Crazy Mohan was made public. Also, saris featuring designs and colours which Pattammal liked and were produced by Nalli for this occasion were released.

Later, S. Sowmya presented a music concert.

Pattammal was born on March 19, 1919 in Damal near Kanchipuram. With M S Subbulakshmi and M L Vasanthakumari the trio were regarded as the women artistes icons of Carnatic music.

Pattammal, first learnt music at home and went on to perform on Madras’ stages at a time when women of her community did not perform on stage. She earned a name singing in films and then on the Carnatic music circuit, in India and abroad.

She was decorated with the Padma Vibhushan.