The life of Swathi Thirunal was an offering in music to God. A rare renaissance personality, Swathi Thirunal was a king among musicians and musician among kings. His musical compositions and his life were a mutual translation of his devotion to LordPadmanabha, the presiding deity of the Travancore Royal House....
Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma
was a progressive ruler who lived ahead of his times and was committed to the welfare of the people. Being an able administrator his far sighted reforms were responsible for introducing modern medicine, English education and a humane judicial system in Kerala....


Composers and Musicians

D.K. Pattammal

Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal, isa front ranking vocalist in Carnatic music.She is the member of what is known as 'Female Trinity of Carnatic Music', with M S Subbalakshmi and M L Vasanthakumari.
Pattammal was born on March 2, 1919 to Damal Krishnaswamy Dikshitar and Rajamal, in the temple town of Kancheepuram, in Tamil Nadu. From very young age Pattammal showed her talent for music.Her first Guru wasSri Ambi Dikshitar, a scion of the Muthuswamy Dikshitar family. She approached Papanasam Sivan for learning his compositions. When she was 14, she gave her first public performance at the Mahila Samaj in Egmore and won much acclaim.
Pattammal is known for her adherence to the classic traditions but she could manage to shed the binding coils of orthodoxy in taking to concert music, she dared to venture into a musical area as pallavi singing, hitherto considered a male preserve and came to be known as "Pallavi Pattammal." She has been an outstanding exponent of strict adherence to the pitch and unerring observance of rhythm with voice culture and clarity of expression. She popularized Deekshithar compositions and the Tamil kritis of Papanasam Sivan and Subramaniya Bharati.

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