The Essence of Success

  • DKP lived by a code of conduct which she followed with great discipline. Here is the essence of the doctrines that she always believed in.
  • "Practice makes perfect" – Sing a kriti at least 100 times before you present it on stage.
  • Understand the meaning and emotion of the song; emoting the correct bhavam of the song is of great importance.
  • Learn the art for the sake of art without expectations and concerts, awards and other accolades will follow.
  • Take extra care with pronunciation when singing in languages other than your mother tongue. Take the advice of pundits of each language.
  • I always believed in open-throated singing.
  • Don't compromise on the lyrics for the sake of melody. Avoid 'Pada Chedham', like singing Kodandapani as Kodandapa Ni, leading to an incomplete word or a change in meaning of the word.
  • Never use a book or paper in front of you as it would distract you from concentrating fully on your music and will bring down the quality.
  • Maintain high regards and reverence for your Gurus. With Guru Kataksham anything is possible.
  • Learn as many songs as you can, in each raga as it expands your manodharma.
  • Never change the patantaram of your Gurus.
  • Adhere to tradition strictly.
  • Always aspire to elevate rasikas' taste without compromising on the entertainment value as well.
  • Proportion of kalpita and manodharma sangeetham and kalapramana are very important for the success of a concert
  • Singing with perfection is better than attempting big with flaws.
  • Be aware of your shortcomings and always try to project your strengths on stage.