Vaikom B Rajammal, the familiar name in the field of carnatic music in Kerala is truly a veteran and a personality unsurpassed with a true touch of tradition in her rendering and a flair for improvisation in her style. Backed by a heard of more than 400 students in the field of carnatic music , Smt. Rajammal represents a generation that has truly conceived the tradition and rich heritage of south Indian classical Music.
Smt. Vaikom B. Rajammal , the renowned Carnatic Music vocalist was born on 31 st August 1940 in Vaikom, Kerala. Hence, she began to study Music at the age of five. Her first music performance was at the age of nine in Vaikom Mahadeva Temple. Vaikom Vasudevan Nair, her first Guru brought her to the enchanting world of Carnatic Music. Like many of our famous musicians, Smt. Rajmmal has got a strong musical background. Her brother, late Gayaka Ratnam Vechoor Harhara Subrahmaniam was famous vocalist in Kerala.
After her schooling, she joined RLV Music Academy for her higher studies in Carnatic Music. Acknowledging her excellence in the field of Carnatic music she was directly admitted to the second year class for the course having four years duration. From there, she secured 1 st rank with first class in the year 1960. In1959, she got the first position in All India Radio Competition. She is a ‘B’ High Artist in TVM for the last fourty years.
Smt. Rajammal, enriched her knowledge under the guidance of many famous musicians like late Sri. Semmangudi Sreenivasa Iyer, Gayakaratnam Late Prof. Vechoor N. Harihara Subrahmaniam Iyer, late Sree Kalyanasundram, late Sri. Nellayi Krishnamurthy, Prof. Mavelikara R. Prabhakara Varma(Retired Principal, SST College of Music Thiruvananthapuram) and so on.
Smt. Vaikom B Rajammal : Family
Smt. Vaikom B. Rajammal, blessed with the grace of Sri Tirunakkara Mahadeva is a resident of Kottayam and is staying very near to the Tirunakkara Mahadeva Temple . Her husband Sri. V.K. Mani Iyer, is a retd. Headmaster from Govt. Higher Secondary School Kottayam. She has two daughters. Eldest daughter Premalatha is settled in Chennai. Smt. Rajammal’s younger daughter, Dr.M.Priya, following her mother’s path is a Ph. D. in music from Calicut University.
She is also a rank holder in MA music. Smt. Vaikom B. Rajammal secured first prizes in various school & college youth festivals in carnatic music. She is now staying in Bahrain with her husband and daughter. Like her mother, Smt. M.Priya is also a ‘B’ High grade artist in carnatic music, AIR Thiruvananthapuram. She also got scholarships from Human Resources dept. of culture, Govt. of India.
Disciples in Carnatic Music
Vaikom B. Rajammal’s disciples includes her younger daughter Dr..M.Priya (‘B’ High grade artist AIR Thiruvanathapuram), Sri. Vechoor Shankar (‘B’ High grade artist AIR Kozhikode), Smt. Ratna Prabha (B Grade artist, AIR Thiruvananthapuram), Smt. Sreelatha Sreekumar (Lecturer, Kalady Govt. College , B Grade artist, AIR Thiruvananthapuram), Mary Kurien (B Grade artist, AIR Thiruvananthapuram), Ms. Vidya (B Grade artist, AIR Chennai), Ms.Mangala (B Grade artist, AIR Chennai), Ms. Asha Menon (Marian Junior, English School, Kottayam). Sri. Kishore Prakkattu, Smt.Arathi G Nair, Smt.Radhika Krishna, Smt.Gopika Krishna.