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'Vina' Dhanammal


As the prefix to her name suggests, Vina Dhanammal was synonymous with the Vina even in her lifetime. Fine touches, tonal shades, rich raga bhava, gamakas and other embellishments made her an institution of this fine art of Vina playing. With her unique lineage, she developed a rich repertoire acquired from great composers or their disciples. Her style was steeped in classicism of the highest order. Her Friday evening sessions at home attracted the leading musicians of that era, like Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Musiri Subramanya Iyer and so on. She could easily bring out the essence of a raga with economy in the choice and use of gamakas.


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