The Sharada Cultural Trust is presenting its 18th Annual Cultural Festival and 161st Aradhana of Satguru Saint Thyagaraja Swamy, from 26th January to 3rd February, at the Keyes High School for Girls, Secunderabad. The 9-day festival will feature music concerts at 6:30pm each day, by many renowned musicians such as R Santanagopalan, Kumaresh & Ganesh, the Chinmaya Sisters, Pantula Rama, Rajani & Gayathri, S P Ram and R Suriya Prakash.
Today, the 6th day, the Chinmaya Sisters will be performing a Carnatic vocal recital. The sisters will be accompanied by Sherkali Shiva Kumar on the violin, G Ramachandran on the mridangam and T P Balasubrahmanyam on the ghatam.
The Chinmaya Sisters, Padma and Radhika, were initiated into music by their mother Bhavani Natesan, a Music Academy Sangeetha Ratna certificate holder and a performer at AIR Mumbai. Subsequently, they came under the tutelage of Neyveli R Santhanagopalan from whom they learned music for 12 years, and have been undergoing advanced training from Madurai T N Seshagoplan for the last 8 years.
A-grade artists of the All-India Radio, the sisters have won many prestigious awards from well-known institutions like the Indian Fine Arts Society. They also have 5 music albums to their credit, the most recent one being a 3-volume set titled Raaga Archana from Magnasound. Highly positive reviews obtained consistently from renowned music critics have earned them a place in the concert series of most leading organizations.
Called Gana Kuyil (nightingales of music), the sisters have been inspired so much by the blessings of Swami Chinmayananda that their guru Santhanagopalan called them the Chinmaya Sisters, and then on, they have been performing together under this name.
The entry is free. Please contact Sharada Krishnan at 2786-0680/2780-1662/92461-54482 for further details.