It is said that when Krishnaswamy saw a newspaper article carrying a photo of his daughter Pattamal, singing for a show 'Satyavan Savitri', he was devastated. Which respectable family would marry a brahmin girl who sung in front of others? When she performed in Egmore Ladies Club, it was probably the first ever time a brahmin woman sang in a public concert. People who wrote about her constantly mentioned that the crowd purely came to see this odd event of a woman singing in public. And then she went on to sing pallavis in a concert. A difficult art considered to be strictly limited to male carnatic musicians.
The reason I began to like Pattammal was because of the song "aduvome pallu paaduvome" in the timeless movie "Naam Iruvar" (yes that movie with 3 billion songs) and for her rendition of Bharathiar songs. Bharathiar himself would not have envisioned his dreams on women's liberation come true in the form of an artist like Pattammal singing his songs. She said she didn't want another rebirth. Hope her wish came true.