Mysuru, March 5:- Ganabharathi is organising a violin duet by Akkarai Sisters at 6 pm on March 8. They will be accompanied by vidwan K U Jayachandra Rao on the mridangam and vid Vazhapalli R Krishnakumar on the ghatam. This is organised in memory of Dr R Sundarachar and Saraswathi Rao.
Akkarai S Subhalakshmi and S Sornalatha, India’s most distinguished musicians hail from a family with a rich musical background. They have learnt the stringed instrument from illustrious gurus. The Akkarai Sisters are most-sought-after worldwide. They began learning from their father Akkarai S Swamynathan, a veteran violinist and founder of the Swara Raga Sudha School of Music.
Under his rigorous training, they grew to become wonderful violinists. They stunned the world with a skill and maturity that belied their years. They have also learnt under other renowned gurus such as V Janakiraman, O V Subramanian, Padma Natesan of New Delhi, Padmabhushan awardee P. S Narayanaswamy and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Chitravina N Ravikiran.
They have performed at numerous prestigious venues around the world, including the Indo-Russian Cultural Exchange Programme, the Théâtre de la Ville Festival (Paris), the farewell concert for Zubin Mehta (Munich), the Queen Elizabeth Hall and BBC Radio (London), the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Sangeet Utsav (Mauritius), Umeå Jazz Festival (Sweden) and a special duet concert for the emperor and empress of Japan and for the Chief Minister and Governor of Tamil Nadu in 2013.
They have also had the privilege of being accompanied by stalwart accompanists, including the Tavil legend Aridwaramangalam A K Pazhanivel, in their concerts. They have accompanied all most all the leading artistes.
They have been honoured with a host of awards and accolades; Subhalakshmi received the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Puraskar from the President of India when she was just 13 and has since earned hundreds of awards.
Vidwan K U Jayachandra Rao belongs to the illustrious school of Palakkad Mani Iyer. He is the disciple of Mani Iyer ‘s son Palakkad T R Rajamani. He has accompanied all the stalwarts and is one of the leading mridangists.
Vazapalli R Krishna Kumar is the disciple of ghatam maestro vidwan V Suresh. He is known for his excellent following and solo playing. (MR)