Smt. D K Pattammal was to receive the prestigious Sangeetha Kalanidhi award in 1970 from The Music Academy, Madras. She had a deep desire that her guru Justice T L Venkatrama Iyer should be present at the Sadas, the day when the title would be bestowed on her. However he was critically ill and could not attend the function. DKP amma felt very incomplete while receiving the award. She went to his house directly from the venue, to take his blessings and to show him the award. She saw him and shared her joy. She was excited that he was immensely delighted because not only was she a prime disciple of him but she was also regarded as his eldest daughter by him. She was seriously taken aback when she heard the news of his death the next morning. It was as though he was holding his breath to see his eldest daughter and favourite disciple’s glory.