Shringar 2018: A Tribute to Gaana Saraswathi D K Pattammal
Shringar 2018 is the annual cultural festival organised by M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women. And this year event was solely dedicated to the legendary Carnatic musician, ‘Gaana Saraswathi’ Padma Vibhushan Smt. D.K. Pattammal in her centenary year. The affair was held at the college premises last Nov. 28, 29 and 30.
Dr. Lalitha Balakrishnan, Principal of M.O.P. Vaishnav College, in her welcoming speech to the chief guest said, “I take great pride in hosting the centenary year tribute to D.K. Pattammal and having with us her illustrious granddaughter, who has grown under Pattammal’s guidance and has her genes”. Dr. Nithyashree Mahadevan was the chief guest for the said affair.
“It is only because of the courage that Pattammal had during her earlier days that we, women artists, took the stage with pride and confidence”, Smt. Nithyashree said during the inauguration, adding that her grandmother, who had served the cause of India’s independence through her music, was “a public asset of our nation”. The ceremony also showed the screening of an original documentary on D.K. Pattammal, featuring interviews with eminent musicians and archival footage, produced by M.O.P. Vaishnav College.
As per tradition, the three-day festival featured alumni performers who have successfully continued their artistic journey after college. Classical dancers Ananya Rajgopalan, Aparajitha Rao and Gowthami A, and vocalists Mathangi Kailasanath and Mrinalini Balasubramanian treated rasikas to some stirring performances over the three days of the festival.