After four generations of male children, I was the first female child in the family and also the first grand child of Smt D K Pattammal and Sri R Iswaran. Naturally I was petted and pampered by both of them. ' Pattamma ' as we all fondly call her, started taking music lessons for me even when I was a toddler. When I was 5-6 years old she used to play the role of an announcer and make me sing all the songs that I knew and the whole family played the role of audience and clapped and cheered for me. I used to sit on the stage with her from a very young age admiring her music from the behind. When I was in my teens I started playing the Tambura and used to sing the songs that I knew, along with her and my mother Lalitha. I was indeed privileged to render vocal support for her, exclusively, in a few concerts including the ones at Gayana Samaj in Bangalore, Shanmukhananda in Bombay, etc apart from Festival of India, France in 1985. She was very patient while teaching and never gave up until her pupil sang with perfection. She was Divinity personified sporting a pleasing smile always. She knew how to appreciate the positives of everybody and never criticised or hurt anybody's feelings. She was pleasant mannered and her perseverance is awe-inspiring. To be born into a family of musicians is a great boon and to listen to doyens like Pattamma sing in the privacy of her Pooja Room is an experience that I can never forget. I strongly believe, it is the punyams that I had done in several janmas, I was born as the grand daughter of this great divine soul Smt D K Pattammal and I consider myself very lucky and privileged to have remained her confidante and pet till her end. I will remain ever grateful to God Almighty for that.

Gayathri Gayathri Gayathri