My grandmother was a disciple of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan, and recalled, often, how Pandit Ravi Shankar called her a ‘child prodigy’ when she performed at the Allahabad Univeristy Music Conference.
Here is what the press has to say about her:
Last and not the least Kumari Ratnam Mahadeo’s Sitar recital should be commended upon. She played a sweet ‘Malkosh’ and showed her masterly treatment of ‘Tal’ … The promising artiste, Kumari Ratnam Mahadeo kept the audience spell bound with her Sitar demonstration. She executed some difficult “Toras” in fast ‘Laya’.