Artist Highlight

Parassala Ponnammal

An hour of music by the senior musician in connection with her 94th birthday on November 29.

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RJ: Shruthi

Parassala Ponnammal

An hour of music by the senior musician in connection with her 94th birthday on November 29.

Parassala Ponnammal has been in Carnatic music for nearly eight decades and is known for her refined traditional music. But the larger world got to know her and her hauntingly chaste music only after she became the first female musician to sing at the Navaratri Mantapam in Thiruvananthapuram. Since then, she has seen awards and recognition come to her regularly. The last few years were also the first time her music was widely released commercially. Ponnammal was in the first batch of students at the Music Academy in Thiruvananthapuram, personally selected by Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar and later trained by Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, K R Kumaraswamy and others. She has, in turn, trained hundreds of students in music, during her stints as teacher and principal at Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. Her music, existing in and of itself, is a throwback to a different time.

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