The Neelotpalambal of Carnatic Music
Not until three years of learning under my guru,
Sangita Kala Acharya Neela Ramgopal, was I to know that her name was, in fact,
short for Neelotpalambal, the presiding goddess of the Tiruvarur temple. Neela
Mami was singing a beautiful ‘Neelotpalanayike’ in Kannadagoula, when she
quietly mentioned that she was born ‘Neelotopalambal’. No surprise then, that
Mami’s music is so divine and spiritual.