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Parassala B Ponnammal Padma Shri Awarded In 2017

Parassala B Ponnammal

Parassala B Ponnammal

Award Name : Padma Shri

Year of Award : 2017

Award for : Music

Location : Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India


Parassala Ponnammal is a living legend of Carnatic music who is hailing from Parassala  of Trivandrum district and was born in the year 1924. She is having seven decades of experience  as a Carnatic vocalist and 38 years of teaching experience. Several of her students are well famed professionals at present. She was initiated to music by P Ramu Pillai Bhagavathar and afterwards taught by Ramaswamy Bhagavathar who instucted her parents to select music as her main subject  for higher studies. While she was studying music under Vaidyanatha Aiyer she won a gold medal held to mark the birthday celebration of Chithira Thirunal Maharajah. Thus she was allowed to join Swathi Thirunal Music Academy of Trivandrum. She became the first woman to pass out Gana Bhooshanam course from the Music Academy. In between her studies there she had already joined as a teacher at Govt.Cotton Hill High  School Trivandrum.

In 1952 Ponnamma joined Swathi Thirunal Music Academy as a Teacher and she was the first woman in that category there. In 1970 she was appointed as Principal of RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura where she served in that post up to 1980 till retirement. Ponnamma used to sing for All India Radio and DoorDarshan and she  is an A grade artist there. She is 'A' grade artiste of All India Radio for the last fifty years. Her outstanding classical renditioins includes 'Guruvayoor Puresa Suprabhatham', 'Thrissiva Peroor Suprabhatham', 'Ulsava Prabandham,Navaratri Kriti, Meenambika Sthothram, and also Composition of Irayimman Thampi and K.C.Kesava Pillai'. Her rendition further includes Sri Padmanabha Shathakam of Shri Swathi Thirunal. She is recipient of several awards.She is conferred the title 'Gayaka Ratnam' by Princess Karthika Thirunal in 1996. She received Kerala  Government Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award in 1976 and Fellowship in 2002.

She received  Acharya Kala Bharati Award'from Chennai in 2008. She was given 'Acharya Ratnakara Award' from Cleveland Thyagaraja Ulsavam in the USA in the year 2009. In 2010 she received 'Swath Puraskaram,Guruvayoo appan Chembai Puraskaram, entral Government Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award' and many more. In 2006 Ponnammal became the first woman to perform at the Navarathri Mandapam during the Navarathri festivals at Thruvananthapuram which is annually held for the last 177 years. Her significant hard work,devotion,and most commitment for the uplift of her profession is looked upon by youngsters with deep admiration. The veteran singer still conducts music concerts and maintains the traditional aspects of the art. She was honoured with Padma Shri Award by the President of India in the year 2017.