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 Veenai Dhanammal

Veenai Dhanammal

A commemorative postage stamp on Veena Dhanammalan accomplished Carnatic musician :

வீணை தனம்மாள்

Bharatanatyam, Nadaswaram and Veena : Classical Dance & MusicIssued by India

Issued on Dec 3, 2010

Issued for : India Post is happy to issue commemorative postage stamp on T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai, Thanjavur Balasaraswathi and Veenai Dhanammal.

Credits :
Brahm Prakash
Cancellation : Alka Sharma

Type : StampMint condition

Colour : Multi colour

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

About : 

  • 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.
  • Text : Based on the materials as provided by the proponent.
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