The finale of the birth centenary of Carnatic music great, D K Pattammal was held at The Music Academy in Chennai on March 19, attended by a fairly large audience and special guests.
It was a culmination of a year-long string of events held across the country and abroad and curated by members of the Pattammal family led by vocalist Nithyashree Mahadevan and supported by vidwans Vijay N Shiva and R K Shriram Kumar.
From theme concerts and a heritage walk in Dhammal, Pattammal's birth place near Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu to the formal opening event attended by India's vice-president, Venkaiah Naidu, the DKP 100 project highlighted Pattammal's many-sided personality - a music maestro, a freedom movement supporter and a guru.
The most significant of these events was a project that encouraged dozens of schools to learn five patriotic songs that Pattammal popularised in days leading to India's independence. These schools then presented them at mass singing events.
At Wednesday's event, the chief guests were religious and cultural leader Prema Pandurang and dancer Vyjayanthimala Bali besides playback singer P. Susheela.
Prema Pandurang highlighted the fact that Pattammal broke many ceilings of her time like being the first woman artiste to take centre stage and to have male musicians accompany here at concerts.
A short film detailing the DKP 100 events was screened. Then, a new book on Pattammal written by Nilgiris-based journalist Shanta Thiagarajan. Shantha said it had taken two years of intense research to write this book.
And the finale ended with a unique concert featuring many artistes - from south India. Rudrapatnam Brothers, Malladi Brothers, Srevalson Menon and Neyveli Santhanagopalan.
Details of the book at - https://notionpress.com/read/d-k-pattammal