Thirukokarnam Ranganayaki Ammal

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  • June 11, 2022
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Context: One of the first women to enter the male-dominated world of Carnatic percussion

Thirukokarnam Ranganayaki Ammal

  • Born on May 28, 1910 she was the second of seven siblings.
  • Her father Thirukokarnam Sivaraman was a renowned natuvanar, who was also known for his avadhana pallavis — an art of playing different talas by using both hands, legs and the head.
  • Ranganayaki took to the mridangam and went under the guidance of the legendary Pudukottai Dakshinamurthi Pillai
  • She was also well trained in Bharatanatyam

  • She blazed a trail by playing complex mathematical combinations with ease.
  • In the All India music conference held in 1927 in Madras Ranganayaki Ammal was the only woman among the 23 mridangam artistes who performed at the event.
  • In the 1940s, she performed with several leading artistes such as Brinda and Muktha and Flute Mali.
  • In 1966, she joined the Padmavati College in Tirupati as faculty, and later worked at the Sadguru Sangita Samajam in Madurai.

Source: The Hindu

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