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 D.K. Pattammal

A commemorative postage stamp on Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal, an Indian Carnatic musician and playback singer for Tamil film songs [a part of the seriesIndian Musicians‘] :

Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal : One of Female Trinity of Carnatic MusicIssued by India

Issued on Sep 3, 2014

Issued for : There have been many maestros who have nurtured Indian classical music and have made its presence felt in the national and international arena. India Post is paying a tribute to such legendary maestros of Indian Classical Music by releasing a set of eight stamps on Indian Musicians.

Credits :
Stamp/Miniature Sheet
/Sheetlets/First Day Cover : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Nenu Gupta

Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi colour

Denomination : 2500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.8 Million

Miniature Sheet : 0.4 Million

Sheetlets : 0.1 Million

Printing Process : Wet Offset

Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

Name : Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal

Born on Mar 19, 1919 at Kancheepuram, Madras Presidency, India [now in Tamil Nadu]

Died on Jul 16, 2009 at Chennai, India

About : 

  • Music has always been an important aspect of Indian life. Classical Music, which is based on ragas, has been the mainstay of the life of the people in the country. Its various forms have been used in movies, music albums, folk songs, etc.
  • Indian Classical Music is of two types – Hindustani and Carnatic music. Hindustani music is mainly found in North India. Khayal and Dhrupad are its two main forms. There is a significant amount of Persian influence in Hindustani music in terms of the instruments, style of presentation and ragas. There is also a rich tradition of Gharanas in classical Hindustani Music. Carnatic music, found mainly in South India, tends to be rhythmically intensive and structured when compared with Hindustani Music.
  • Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal or D. K. Pattammal, a legendary singer of Carnatic Music, was born on 28th March, 1919 in Damal, a village near Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. At the young age of four, Pattammal began rigorous training in music and gained recognition for her singing ability in her teens. She went on to become the first Brahmin woman to sing on stage. The greatest turning point in her career was when she ventured into singing the Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi, which was then considered the exclusive domain of male singers, and earned her the title Pallavi Pattammal. Pattammal is the first Carnatic singer and probably the only one to have given concerts for 75 years with many international performances. She received many awards with the notable ones being the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. She died on 16th July, 2009.
  • Text : Based on the material provided by Sangeet Natak Akademi and Internet.
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