Parassala Ponnammal @ Ramaseva Mandali, Fort High school , 2008
Sunday Morning , 13th April, 2008 -
Violin - Dr Jyotsna Srikanth
Mridangam - Sri Ravishankar SharmaGhatam - Sri Dayananda Mohite
My first impression on seeing Smt. Parassala Ponnammal was of a grandma with a sweet smiling face. She is one of Semmagudi SrinivasIyer's senior disciples and blessed with a rich, deep and sweet voice which belies her age. (She is almost 85) I am of the opinion that vocalists like T.N.Sheshagopalan, whose was the most dismal perfomance at the RamaNavami festival this year(more on that later), ought to listen to veterans like her to know what Shruti Sudhdham is all about. My grandma was an avid fan of her music and used to listen to her performances on AIR regularly.
There were hardly 10-15 people in the audience and I was saddened at the like warm support provided by Bangalore audiences to such a senior artiste. It was their loss anyways as they missed one of the best concerts at the Ramavanami festival.
01 Varnam - Nattaikurinji - Ata Talam02 Mooladhara Kshetra - Mayamalavagowla - Not sure who the composer is - Adi
03 Bhajare Manasa - Abheri - Mysore Vasudevachar, Adi04 Ninnu Nera - Pantuvarali - St. Thyagaraja, Roopakam, Neraval and swarams at Veda shastra Purana.
05 Marivere - Ananda Bhairavi -ShyamaShastri , Misra Chapu - Vintage SSI style rendition06 Anjaneya Raghurama - Saveri - Swathi Tirunal - Adi
07 Thillana - Hamsanandi - Swathi Tirunal? Adi08 Bhujagasayino Nama Mangalam - Yadukulakamboji -Swathi Tirunal
My friend Shridhar and I turned into photographers and took many snaps on a digital camera handed over by one of Ponnamal's students who was accompanying her. (I forgot to take the email ID / contact details of this aunty as I wanted to procure digital copies of the photos taken by us.) We left the venue with Ponnammal's YadukulaKamboji ringing in our years. I also kept wondering how Ponnammal would have sounded when she was much younger and have resolved to procure vintage recordings of this great artiste.