A commemorative postage stamp on Veenai Dhanammal :
Issued on Dec 3, 2010
Designed by : Brahm Prakash
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.3 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Veenai Dhanammal
Born on 1867 at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died on Oct 15, 1938
- Dhanammal was born in George Town, Chennai into a family of musicians and dancers in 1867. Her great grandmother, grand mother and her own mother were all accomplished musicians in their own right. She learned Veena and vocal music from renowned teachers. Padas and Jhavalis were her forte. Her career as a musician spanned almost 60 years. Dhanammal shunned performing before large gatherings as she felt that it only disturbed her. However, she had given concerts in a few places for the public such as her performance in 1916 in the All India Music Conference at Baroda, and recitals at the palaces of Mysore and Vizianagaram. Dhanammal always preferred to give Veena recitals to selective private audiences. Her music has been praised in superlative terms by those privileged to hear her. Her continuing impact was ascribed to the scope of her repertoire, knowledge and refinement. Her heritage, her pre-eminence, her personality, and her life-style evoked reverence and awe. There is little of her music which has survived, except some gramophone records available to posterity. She passed away on 15 October 1938.
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