At the ICFAI Music Festival today, the Priya Sisters will do what they do best. Okay, that's too broad - they will sing. For, they do a lot of other things really well, too, including Bharatanatyam and playing cricket.
The ICFAI Music Festival is being organized by The Alpha Foundation, in association with the South India Cultural Association (SICA), on 21st and 22nd January, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The festival is hosting some celebrated pairs of musicians, like Kumaresh-Ganesh in a violin duet on 21st January, and the Priya Sisters in a vocal duet on 22nd January.
Today, the second day, the Priya Sisters will be presenting a Carnatic vocal recital. They will be supported by Sundar Kumar on the kanjira, P Satish Kumar on the mridangam and Raghavendra on the violin.
The Priya Sisters, Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya, are popular and leading Carnatic musicians. They began learning vocal music at the age of 5 from their father V V Subbaraman. Later, they had their advanced training in music from Radha-Jayalakshmi, and now they are under the scholarly guidance of Prof T R Subramaniam.
The Priya Sisters are known for their clear diction and perfect synchronisation, and continue to impress music lovers and critics with their harmonious, fluent and melodic rendering of songs. They enjoy perfect rapport and coordination. They are also noted for good stage presence, great manodharma, excellent poise and confidence. Their concerts are formatted to suit the mood of the audience.
Together, they have performed more than 2,000 concerts in India and abroad, touring countries like the US, Canada, the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Mauritius, and in a number of prestigious festivals like the Festival of Hyderabad, the Duo Festival, the Spirit Of Youth Festival, and the 69th and 70th birthday celebrations of Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba.
They have received many titles like Ugadi Puraskar, 2000 MLV Memorial Award, Gayani Siromani and Sangeetha Sarada. They have been conferred upon the Isai Peroli title (the Gomathy Visweswaran Charitable Trust Award), one of the prestigious awards of Carnatic music, by Kartik Fine Arts, and are also asthana vidushis of Sringeri Sarada Peetam.
They have released several of their pre-recorded cassettes and CDs, of which Devi Krithis, Annamayya Lahiri and Bhadrachala Ramadas Krithis are highly popular and among the bestsellers. The duo, besides being accomplished musicians, are trained Bharatanatyam dancers too. Haripriya even played for the Tamil Nadu women's cricket team.
The Alpha Foundation, a registered charitable trust established by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), has been working for the upliftment of the under-privileged population, especially children, in urban slums and rural areas through a holistic approach combining quality English medium education, nutrition, healthcare services, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, vocational training and employment opportunities.
The foundation also provides an opportunity to performing artists to showcase their talents in classical/folk music and dance through the ICFAI Music and Dance Festivals. The Foundation has plans to provide such opportunities at district, block and village levels also to revive the dying arts of India.
Entry is by invitations only. Please contact Prakash K Rath at 2343-0294/99480-85054 for invitations and further details.