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Born at Trisoor, Kerala  to Smt. Mukthambal and Sri.N. Chidambaram Iyer, the sisters were brought up in Bombay, where their father was working as Electrical  Engineer in the Western Railway. 

Smt. Saroja and Smt.Lalitha had their education in the S.I.E.S. Matunga, passed their intermediate privately from Bhopal, M. P. and completed their graduation from the Delhi University by correspondence. 

During this period the sisters had their early initiation in Carnatic Music, first from their elder sister, Smt.Sethu Mahadevan and later from Sri. H.A.S. Mani (popularly known as Chellamani Baghavathar). At this period the sisters participated in many competitions and won many prizes and laurels. This induced them to apply for the Government of  India Cultural Scholarship for higher studies. As luck would have it, both the sisters got the scholarship, one after the other, which in turn brought them to Madras for higher studies in Carnatic Music  from the then Central College of Karnatic Music, Adyar, under the direct tutelage of late Sri. Musiri Subramania Iyer, who was then the Principal of the College. After passing out of the College with the title " SANGEETHA VIDWAN", they continued their training in Carnatic Music from Sri T.K. Govinda Rao, who remains the primary disciple of Sri. Musiri Iyer. Till  this day the training from Sri. Govinda Rao continues. 

 Awards   

ISAI MAMANIGAL - by Ulaga Tamil lsai Manram in 1971.
MADHURAGANA MANORANJANI - by His Holiness Jeer of Ahobila mutt in 1984.
SUSWARA SUGALAYA SANGEETHA - by Purandaradasa Thyagaraja Utsava committee in 1985.
GANAKALA CHAKRAVARTHI - by Calcutta Fine Arts in 1990.
GANDHARAVA GANA JYOTHI - by Sadguru Sandananda Swamigal, Puducottai, in 1991.
SANGEETHA CHOODAMANI - by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Madras in 1991.
KALAIMAMANI - by Govt. of Tamilnadu & lyal lsai Nataka Manram in 1992.
DEIVEEGA GANA ISAI THENDRAL - by Ragavendra Divine Society, Salem in 1991.
SANGEETHA KALA NIPUNA - by Mylapore Fine Arts Club , Madras in 1994.
TAMILKKALAIVANI - by Tamil Sangam, Newyork in 1995.
SANGEETHA KALA SAGARAM - by His Holiness Sri Sankaracharya Swamigal of Kamakoti Peetam,
    Kanchipuram, in 1996
SANGITA RATNAKARA SRI CHOWDAIHA MEMORIAL AWARD - by Academy of Music , Bangalore
    in 1996.
SANGEETHA KALA SIROMANI - by Nungambakkam Cultural Academy, Chennai , in 1996.
THENISAI KUYILGAL - by Pollachi Tamil Sangham in 1997.
SANGEETHA KALASAGARA - by Kalasagaram, Secundrabad in November 1997.
MADURA KALA PRAVEENA by Sri Sadguru Sangeetha Sabha , Madurai on 30th January 2000.

Career  

The sisters started their concert career from 1963, and have been progressing steadily and steeply, step by step by giving performances in all the sabhas in our country, all music festivals, A.I.R. National Programmes, and Sangeetha Sammelans, in Doordarshan and private satellite channels. The sisters are classified as " TOP GRADE" Artists by A.I.R.

  Contact Smt.C.Saroja / Smt.C.Lalitha Bombay Sisters 106, "PRASANTHI" Fourth Street, Karpagam Avenue, Chennai - 600 028. India. Phone : 91-44-493 7889 / 495 0853 / 491 1859 / 491 3363 Email : bmbyss@hotmail.com Fax : 91-44-490 2582 

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