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Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 17, 2009

IANS  | Friday, 17 July , 2009, 18:04

DKPattammal-DKJayaraman-youngCarnatic and Tamil film playback singer D K Pattammal died on Thursday. She was 90.

She died at her home in Chennai of age-related complications, family sources said.

Pattammal was part of the female trinity of carnatic music, with two other popular musicians M S Subbulakshmi and M L Vasanthakumari, who were instrumental in the large scale initiation of women into the main stream carnatic music world.

She was a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1971 and 1998.

Pattammal was also conferred with various titles such as Gana Saraswathi by musician Tiger Varadachariar, Sangeetha Sagara Ratna, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1961 and the Sangeetha Kalanidhi in 1970. She was elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1992.

Pattammal gave her first radio performance at the age of 10 and three years later a public concert in then Madras. The singer was considered an authority on the compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar and had also sung the compositions of Papanasam Sivan who introduced her to the movie world.

The first movie she sang for was Thyaga Bhoomi. A trend setter, Pattammal was the first brahmin woman to have given public performances.

Her younger brother D K Jayaraman is also a noted singer and was awarded Sangeetha Kalanidhi title in 1990.

(Source: 07/2009 –


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