Legendary Carnatic musician and Padmashree awardee, Parassala B Ponnammal, who enthralled classical music lovers for the final eight a long time via her unbelievable concert events, handed away at her house in Valiyasala on Tuesday, household sources mentioned.
She was 96 and affected by age-related illnesses for a while, they mentioned.
A doyen of Carnatic music, Ponnammal was a musician who had damaged gender stereotypes in classical music and have become the primary girl scholar to enroll within the historic Swathi Thirunal Faculty of Music right here throughout the Forties.
She had accomplished the programs — Gana Bhushanam and Gana Praveena — from there with first-rank earlier than starting her profession as a music instructor on the Cottonhill Women’s Faculty right here.
Ponnammal additionally scripted historical past by turning into the primary girl college of the Swathi Thirunal Faculty and the first-ever girl principal of the well-known RLV Faculty of Music and Wonderful Arts, Tripunithura.
Breaking the centuries-old custom of male dominance, she additionally grew to become the primary girl to sing on the Navaratri Mandapa right here as a part of the navaratri celebrations on the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in 2006.
‘Guruvayur Puresa Suprabhatham’, ‘Trisivapuresa Suprabhatahm’, ‘Ulsava Prabhandam’, ‘Navarathri Kriti’, ‘Meenambika Sthothram’, and compositions of Irayamman Thampi have been amongst her well-known vocal renditions.
Moreover conducting a whole lot of concert events throughout her eight decades-long musical journeys, she additionally moulded a handful of fantastic musicians by making them her disciples.
Moreover the Padma Shri in 2017, Ponnammal was additionally a recipient of a number of notable honours together with the Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by Chennai Wonderful Arts, Sangeetha Prabhakara Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram, Sree Guruvayurappan Chembai Puraskaram and so forth.
She is survived by sons D Mahadevan and D Subramanian. Her husband Devanayakam Iyer and a son and daughter pre-deceased her.
Condoling her demise and hailing her contributions to the phrase of music, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned Ponnammal had been an emblem of conventional serenity in Carnatic music.
He additionally remembered how the legendary girl musician had carried out on the Navaratri Mandapa by defying custom.