Top

Seetha Doraiswamy

Kliponar / Artist  / Seetha Doraiswamy

Seetha Doraiswamy

Born: 27 January 1926

Died: 14 March 2013

  • She commonly known as Madisaar Maami, was a renowned Carnatic multi-instrumentalist.
  • She was the last recognized female exponent of a dying Indian instrument, the Jal Tarang.
  • She was the first (and till date youngest) female musician ever to be awarded the Gold Medal of Honour from The Music Academy, the first Carnatic music Institute.
  • She is the only Jal Tarang exponent to have ever received the Kalaimamani award, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2001 with the citation reading “(Seetha) has tirelessly worked to prevent the jalatharangam from becoming extinct and is often recognized only for that; it is time to bring to notice the fact that she championed for the cause of equal female representation during a time where our cultural norms may have not.
  • Additionally, her theoretical knowledge was the foundation for many of the modern concepts of Carnatic music as we know it today.”
  • Although her training began at a young age, familial obligations prevented her from performing.
  • She was married at age 14 to N. Doraiswamy and gave birth to 10 children.
  • The death of a prodigious son left her shattered, and it was under the encouragement of her family that she began to perform again at the age of 41.
  • Citing this particular circumstance, she is often referred to and has received awards as a pioneer female Indian musician for having been one of the few who performed despite the social connotations that prevented her colleagues from doing so.

Click here for more details

(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)
Apoorva
No Comments

Post a Comment