Artist Highlight

Parassala Ponnammal

An hour of music of the veteran vocalist in connection with her birthday on November 29.

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RJ: Srividya

Parassala Ponnammal

An hour of music of the veteran vocalist in connection with her birthday on November 29.

With seven decades of musical experience behind her, Parassala Ponnammal has been reckoned as one of the best musicians of Kerala. Her music, pure and pristine, continues to enthrall listeners. Ponnammal made history recently when she became the first woman to sing at the famed Navarathri Mandapam in Thiruvananthapuram, in the 177-year-old history of the Navarathri music festival held at the temple venue every year. This historic occasion also brought her instant recognition, which many who have known her music would say ought to have come to her decades ago. Parassala Ponnammal is well versed in all the South Indian languages and Hindi, and her erudition in Sanskrit ensures that she gives due importance to the meaning and correct pronunciation of the sahityam. The simplicity and classical fidelity in her music is a throwback to an earlier age when music existed of and for itself.

Songs in this Program