In the passing away of Carnatic musician D.K. Pattammal, the music world has lost a veteran who sang with emotion and had an uncompromising adherence to pitch, rhythm and clear enunciation of lyrics. Christened Alamelu and referred to as Patta by her relatives and DKP by her rasikas, she was also known as Dikshithar Krithi Pattammal. Singing the title song “Bharatha Punnya Bhoomi” in K. Subrahmanyam’s Thyagabhoomi, DKP made her foray into the film world as a playback singer. She sang in a few other films such as Thyagaiah, Mahatma Udhangar, Penn, and Naam Iruvar.

Some of DKP’s immortal numbers include “Srinathadhi Guruguho,” “Rakshapettarae,” “Maamava Pattabhirama,” “Yaaro Ivar Yaaro,” “Paraathpara,” “Chinnanjiru Kiliyae,” “Eppadi Paadinaro,” “Poonguyil,” “Vande Mataram,” and “Shanthi Nilava Vendum.” Pattammal’s resonant voice will remain evergreen in the memory of her rasikas.

Shankar Venkatraman,

Chennai