T. Muktha

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T. Muktha
Birth nameThanjavur Muktha
OriginMadras Presidency, British India
Died2007 (aged 92–93)
GenresCarnatic, Indian classical
Instrumentsvocals, saraswati veena

Thanjavur Muktha also spelt Mukta (1914–2007) was one of the foremost representatives of the Veena Dhanammal school of Carnatic Music. She along with her elder sister T. Brinda formed one of the first women duo singers.[1][2]

Muktha had much of her initial training from her mother Kamakshi. This training was in the Veena Dhanammal style, a style of Carnatic Music known for its unhurried, alluring movements, as also for its use of intricate gamakas (graces) in the handling of ragas (modes). Additionally, Muktha (along with Brinda) trained for a substantial length of time under Kanchipuram Naina Pillai,[3] whose style of music was marked by agility and robustness in laya (rhythm).[4] After her training under Naina Pillai, Muktha learnt from her aunt Lakshmiratnam. The legendary Veena Dhanammal, who was Muktha's grandmother, herself taught her some compositions. She gave her first performance at the age of eight. She was the last disciple of Veena Dhanammal and her last concert was in Cleveland in 2003.[5][6]

Muktha was a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award awarded in 1972.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Mukta and her Music". The Hindu. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Uncompromising standard". The Hindu. 1 December 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Carnatic vocalist T Muktha dead Carnatic vocalist T Muktha dead". Rediff. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Inclusive Carnatic Music". Chitravina Ravikiran. Outlook. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Musician T. Muktha passes away". The Hindu. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Remembering T Mukta in Her Centenary Year". New Indian Express. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Brinda-Muktha: Bastions of a Glorious Tradition" (PDF). www.sruti.com. p. 31. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards)". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.

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