By Ranjani and Gayatri
Date and Time
Saturday, May 11, 2019
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Souderton Area High School
625 Lower Road
Souderton, PA 18964
Sruti is proud to present the leading musicians of their generation Ranjani and Gayatri, accompanied by Charumathi Raghuraman on the Violin and Sai Giridhar on the Mridangam.
About Ranjani & Gayatri:
Born into a family deeply involved in classical music, Ranjani and Gayatri’s musical talents were discovered at a very early age. The sisters, even as toddlers, showed an uncanny capacity to grasp the subtle nuances of Carnatic music. Gayatri could identify over a hundred ragas when she was barely two and a half and Ranjani could delineate complex Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi-s when she was barely five years old.
Their formal vocal training commenced under their mother, Smt.Meenakshi an accomplished Carnatic vocalist. They started their violin training at the age of nine and six respectively from Sangita Bhooshanam Prof. T.S. Krishnaswami at the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Their musical values gained shape and direction under the watchful guidance of their father and mentor Sri.N.Balasubramanian.
Ranjani and Gayatri’s musical career was launched as they barely reached their teens. The sisters’ first concert was for the prestigious Indian Music Group, Mumbai in 1986, at the age of thirteen and ten respectively. Through their intense training and fine artistry, they quickly established themselves as top-class violinists of international repute. The sisters achieved spectacular success as violin duet performers, and subsequently they also proved successful as most sought after violin accompanists. Both Ranjani and Gayatri have accompanied various artistes on the violin, including the legendary D.K.Pattammal, M.Balamurali Krishna, T.Vishwanathan and other popular, leading musicians of their generation. They are the recipients of the Government of India Talent Search Scholarship from the age of ten and winners of the first prize in the All India Radio National Competition for Violin. They received the title of “Sangeeta Shanmukha Mani” conferred by Shanmukhananada Fine Arts and Sangeeta Vidyalaya, Mumbai, and won the Outstanding Violinists Award for four consecutive years from the Music Academy, Chennai from 1994 to 1998.
Ranjani and Gayatri shifted from Mumbai to Chennai, the Mecca of Carnatic music in the year 1993. Subsequently, they started learning from Padma Bhushan Sri.P.S.Narayanaswamy. They started giving vocal concerts since 1997 and soon won high praise from discerning critics and music lovers all over the globe. Their music, imbued with a deep and abiding classicism, has been described as an exhilarating blend of vitality, melody and emotion. Their concerts have been featured in all prominent sabhas in the December Music Festival in Chennai, and at premier institutions and prestigious festivals all over India. Ranjani and Gayatri are one of the most sought after vocalists today and their concerts are instant sell-outs.
They have performed abroad widely in countries including the United States of America, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia and the Middle East.
Numerous honours, awards and titles have been bestowed on Ranjani and Gayatri, in recognition of their outstanding talent and contribution to Carnatic music. A few of them are mentioned below - Sanskriti Award from Sanskriti Pratishtan, New Delhi (only the third carnatic musicians in thirty years to be so honoured), Title of "Isai Peroli" from the Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai, National Eminence Award from Shanmukhananda Fine Arts, Mumbai, The Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award.
Perfection of sruti, powerful voice control and impeccable aesthetics which reflect the timeless values of classicism - these are some of the qualities that describe the music of Ranjani and Gayatri. Above all this, it is the sisters’ capacity to deeply experience and enjoy what they sing, that takes their music to a different plane. Their two voices blend and contrast to strike a fine balance between vibrancy and contemplation, intellect and emotion, tradition and innovation. It is this unique combination in their music that appeals to the connoisseur and the lay listener alike. Audiences eagerly await and savour their in-depth Ragam-tanam-Pallavi-s and soul-stirring viruthams, which are special features of Ranjani Gayatri’s repertoire.They have given many thematic concerts and have an extensive repertoire consisting of gems of the Trinity, old and contemporary Tamil compositions and other languages including Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi. The sisters are also gifted composers, who have set to music many abhangs, bhajans, and other compositions.
About Charumathi Raghuraman
Charumathi Raghuraman is a young violin virtuoso in the South Indian music tradition. A precocious talent, she started learning first from her mother Smt. Rama Raghuraman then continued formalized training with the respected Guru Smt. T. R. Balamani, and soon thereafter, at the suggestion of the iconic violinist of South India, Padma Bhushan Prof. T. N. Krishnan, Charumathi became his official and ardent disciple in 1995. She also studies Carnatic vocal music with the renowned teacher Padma Bhushan Sri. P. S. Narayanaswami.
She played her debut concert alongside Prof. T. N. Krishnan in 1998 and since then has been performing regularly both as a soloist and accompanist. She was awarded the CCR &T, Government of India scholarship in violin from 1998.
She is the recipient of many awards for violin play including the "Best Violinist" awards for the years 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006, and the "Outstanding Young Violinist" award in 2007-08 from The Music Academy (Madras); "Ramabhadran Centenary Award" for the Most Promising Young Musician of the Year 2013 from Tag Corporation, India; "Sangeetha Saptha Sagara" title from SAFE in 2014; "Best Foreign Instrument Handling" award from Narada Gana Sabha; "Young Achiever award" from
Academically, she holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Xavier Institute.
About Sai Giridhar
Sri K. Sai Giridhar , an 'A' graded artist of All India radio for Mridangam is a disciple of Guru Sri M.L.N.Raju and Parupalli S.Phalgun. He has travelled extensively both within India and abroad and has performed at prestigious venues and famed theatres alongside legendary artistes. Sai Giridhar has also been a part of jugalbandhis and fusion bands with reputed classical and Hindustani musicians and has had his name featured in several CD and DVD productions. H e is also the recipient of the prestigious Bismillah Khan 'Yuva puraskar' for the year 2017, awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.