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Udupi: Rich tributes were paid to Carnatic vocalist D.K. Pattammal and Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal, who passed away recently, at a condolence meeting here on Sunday.
The meeting was organised by the Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra, Kanakadasa Adhyayana Samshodhana Peetha, and Udupi-Manipal chapter of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Writer and a critic of music A. Ishwarayya said that the lives of both D.K. Pattammal and Gangubai Hangal had certain similarities and some differences. Both broke traditional barriers in the field of classical music. They were both recipients of Padma Vibhushan award.They had to fight orthodox forces.
D.K. Pattammal showed that women could achieve what men had achieved in the field of Carnatic music, if not more. Mr. Ishwarayya said that Gangubai Hangal also had to overcome a lot of prejudices against women singers which was prevailing at the time she started learning Hindustani vocal. She used to go by train daily from Hubli to Kundgol to learn Hindustani music from Savai Ghandarva, he said.
Director of Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra Heranje Krishna Bhat welcomed the gathering.
P. Rabindra Nayak, Arvind Hebbar, Udyavara Madhava Acharya, Umashankari, and Seetharammayya, were among those who paid floral tributes to the portraits of Pattammal and Gangubai Hangal. Later, a Carnatic music concert by Meghana Murthy from Puttur was held. She was accompanied by Venugopal Shanbhogue on violin and Purshotham Puninchithaya on mrindangam.
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