Indira Sivasailam award for Ranjani & Gayatri
CHENNAI, September 13: Vocalists Ranjani and Gayatri, popularly known as RaGa sisters, have been chosen for the prestigious Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal and the Concert this year.
They have been selected by a panel comprising members from the Endowments Committee of The Music Academy and Ms. Mallika Srinivasan (Chairman of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited), daughter of late A. Sivasailam (former Chairman of Amalgamations Group) and the late Indira Sivasailam.
The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Fund was established by Ms. Mallika Srinivasan in 2010 under the auspices of The Music Academy as a tribute to her mother, a disciple and patron of Carnatic music.
The Indira Sivasailam Foundation has been honoring an outstanding Carnatic musician every year based on a set of criteria.
Ranjani and Gayatri are known for their versatility and multi-faceted capabilities. The sister-duo initially was known for their prowess as violinists. Subsequently, however, they combined to make a huge mark as vocalists. Training under T. S. Krishnaswami in Mumbai, they made a name for themselves as gifted violinists.
Their musical journey can be traced back to their family, having received their initial vocal training from their mother Meenakshi Balasubramanian, a Carnatic vocalist, and their father. N. Balasubramanian. Ranjani-Gayatri made the transition from violin to vocals under the tutelage of P. S. Narayanaswamy and commenced giving vocal concerts since 1997.
The Indira Sivasailam Endowment Concert will be held at The Music Academy on October 7. And, the medal will be given to them on that day.
Since 2010, musicians such as Sudha Ragunathan,. Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Aruna Sairam, Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, T. M. Krishna and the MalladiBrothers have been conferred this honor.
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