SINGING, A TABOO

DKP and Rajammal

The family was so orthodox, that a Brahmin family woman singing in front of people was considered an act of indignity. Smt. Kanthimathi, DKP’s mother, had music knowledge but never sang as it was a taboo to do so. She once sang in a marriage function when her father-in-law (DKP’s grandfather) heard from inside and shouted, “Is that my daughter-in-law’s voice that I hear? Can someone ask her to stop immediately and go inside?” It was obviously not easy for DKP to grow her musical talent or even test it as a little girl in such a closed environment. A legendary musician that she became during her lifetime, DKP felt she would have been happier if her grandfather was there to witness and take pride in her musical accomplishments.