Vaarijamukhi

Inspirations

There were a lot of musicians whose music were a source of inspiration to Smt D K Pattammal. She herself used to admire and talk a lot about the greatness of Sri Madurai Mani Iyer's 'Sarvalagu Swaraprastharas', Alathur Brother's "Viruviruppu Sangeetham", Maharajapuram Sri Viswanathan Iyer's 'Raga Alapanai Nerthi', Sri G N Balasubramanian's "Firecracker-like Sangathis with Brigas", Semmangudi Sri Sreenivasa Iyer's "clever and neat presentation", etc. But special mentions need to be made about:

Kanchipuram Naina Pillai

Naina Pillai

DKP had the greatest inspirations from Kanchipuram Sri Naina Pillai for his Pallavis and the pure classical music that he never compromised, adhering to tradition. He used to conduct the annual Thyagaraja Music Festival at Kanchipuram in a very grand manner with pomp and splendour and concerts of great stalwarts like Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subramanya Iyer and Rajaratnam Pillai were featured in it. Though she had the encouragement from Sri Naina Pillai she was not so fortunate to get trained under his tutelage. She learnt a few kritis from his disciple Sri Krishnaswami Iyengar. Incidentally she was lucky to learn a couple of krithis from Kanchipuram Chinnamma who resided in Pappu Iyengar’s house. DKP used to recall with pride her experiences of learning the "Bhairavi" Krithi "Raksha Betare" from her.

Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar

Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyer

DKP always considered Ariyakkudi Sri Ramanuja Iyengar as her ‘Maanasika Guru’ as she always admired with awe his chaste and pure style of weighty classical music. She was ever inspired by his 'kachidham' and 'kaalapramaanam'. She always considered him as her ideal role model and was amazed by his variety of presentation in his concerts satisfying all kind of rasikas.

Vaidyanathan a disciple of Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar had taught her and she learnt many Thevaarams like 'Sirai Aarum', 'Bandaththaal' from him. She has also learnt many Rama Nataka kritis like 'Annai Janaki Vandhaaley' in 'Sankarabharanam', 'Ramanukku Mannan Mudi Thariththare' in 'Hindolam', etc. 'Nithiraiyil Soppanathil' in 'Pantuvarali', 'Theruvil Vaaraano' in 'Kambodhi', 'Valapu Thaaala Vasamaa' in 'Atana', 'Rama Rama Pranasakhi' were some of the padams that she learnt from him.

Muktha Amma

brinda and muktha

DKP was always an ardent admirer of the Padams and Javalis - especially when rendered by Brinda Amma and Muktha Amma because of the Jeeva Sangathis, Gamakas and Jarus intertwined with plain notes which formed the hallmark of this genre. She learnt a few padams, javalis and some krithis out of love and respect that she had for their music. DKP amma had a special liking for the Sankarabharanam Padam 'Vaarija Mukhi' and was always reminded of the day she learnt it from Muktha Amma.