Shattered but not broken. Premalatha sings to new life

Shattered but not broken. Premalatha sings to new life

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-10-20 13:45 Bengaluru: When there is winter, can be spring be far behind? Well, that’s exactly what Premalatha Diwakar believes in. From allegedly facing sexual harassment by a seer to waging a legal fight against him and even facing jail for fighting against the religious head, life has been tough on Premalatha. But, it was music, which kept her going through the turbulent times.As she launches her music CDs on Friday at the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Chamarajpet, life has come a full circle for Premalatha. Premalatha is a gifted singer and is an ‘A’ grade artiste in All India Radio, Bengaluru.Aptly titled ‘Geetha Shravana’, the collection of songs is in a way tribute to her new life. “Shravana month is very auspicious as it signals new times ahead. Even, I’m restarting my life new, afresh,” Premalatha told bfirst.in. Her second CD, 'Olavu Harasuthalide' with eight songs will be released on the occasion. The ‘Mathe Shravana’, her first CD has collection of nine songs. Songs have been penned by Nisar Ahmed, Chandrashekar Kambar, Dodda Rangegowda, Dr. Siddalingaiah, HS Venkatesha Murthy, MN Vyas Rao, BR Lakshman Rao and KS Narsimhamurthy. She credits her mother Venkateshwari, who was also a singer, for nurturing her talent. After, completing Second PU, she went on to pursue fine arts in Mysuru. She learnt vocal music, dramatics, dance and Carnatic music during her degree. “Though I’m trained in Carnatic music, I was always inclined to Hindustani music. After my marriage with Diwakar, I moved to Bengaluru in 1986, I began learning Hindustani music from my teachers Nagraj Rao Hawaldhar and Ramarao V Nayak.” Premalatha has over 700 songs to her credit and she has performed with popular music composers and singers Ashwath, SP Balasubramanium, SK Narayan and NS Prasad.Apart from singing, Premalatha has also dabbled in composing and recently, she was qualified as Grade 2 composer from All India Radio, Bengaluru. Premalatha invites poet Nisar Ahmed  Premalatha is now encouraging her younger daughter Sanjeevini Shastri to follow her footsteps. “She started singing when she was six years old. She is pursuing her degree in culinary arts from Manipal but has immense interest in music,” she said adding the second CD also has solo songs rendered by Sanjeevini. Her elder daughter Amshu  works in a private company called Club Collections in New Delhi.There was a time when she even dreaded to venture out. But it was her family and music that helped her to move on through the difficult times. She hopes that her songs will help heal the wounds of many women as they did to her.