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
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.
ISAI MAMANIGAL - by Ulaga Tamil lsai Manram in
MADHURAGANA MANORANJANI - by His Holiness Jeer of Ahobila mutt in 1984.
SUSWARA SUGALAYA SANGEETHA - by Purandaradasa Thyagaraja Utsava committee in
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
Kanchipuram, in 1996
SANGITA RATNAKARA SRI CHOWDAIHA MEMORIAL AWARD - by Academy of Music , Bangalore
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.
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.
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