THE TRIO - M.L.Vasanthakumari , D.K.Pattamal And M.S.Subbulakshmi

For many a years, the number ‘3’ has proven lucky to many. And ofcourse this trio did bring a lot of magic to the Indian film industry and Indian carnatic music scenario too. Popularly known as the ‘Women Trinity’ in the music lover’s language, we all know their contributions has been immense.

It is of no surprise that all the three have won the Sangeetha Kalanidhi honour. It is admirable that all the three of them had a unique style of their own and never overlapped with the others’ to put them down. While M.S. Subbulakshmi was known for her devotion that she brought out in her songs, Pattamal was known for her clear rendition of the given song- in terms of lyrics. M.L.Vasanthakumari on the other hand explored the various nuances that any song structure could offer.

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In playback singing, M.L.V’s classic hit undeniably is Ayya Sami from the movie Or Iravuthat released way back in 1951.Although she entered the film industry by 1946, her big hit was Ellam Inbamayam from the movie Manamagal.

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D.K.Pattamal on the other hand was known for rendering soul-touching patriotic songs in films. This in a way also indicates to us about her sheer commitment in being very attached to the country. The first time Pattammal sang for as a playback singer was the movie Thyagabhoomi that released in the year 1939.

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M.S.Subbulakshmi on the other hand was known for her meera bhajans in movies. Infact her ‘Giridhara Gopala’ is irreplaceable until today! It is a wonderful song from the movie ‘Meera’ that released in 1947. It is also amazing to note that it was M.S.Subbulakshmi herself who also acted for this.

Thus the ‘female trinity’ have contributed in many ways to Indian cinema. Ofcourse they remain immortal in our hearts.