The sisters Akkarai Subhalakshmi and Akkarai Sornalatha are first-class musicians in the world southern Indian Carnatic music. Their grandfather was a noted violinst and vocalist and their father is also a noted violinist and founder of the prestigious school for the Carnatic musical tradition. The two sisters are both classical violinists and vocalists. They mainly appear as a duo and often change roles during the course of a single concert—the violinist becoming vocalist and vice-versa. Their uniqueness lies in their rich and moving collaboration, which rouses sophisticated audiences in Chenai year after year. They have received numerous prizes and have recorded CDs with great success. The violin entered Carnatic tradition in the 18th century and was totally absorbed. Today one cannot imagine a concert of Carnatic music without the violin. Anyone interested in hearing Carnatic violin playing at its best is invited to enjoy this experience.
Akkarai Subhalakshmi, violin, vocals; Akkarai Sornalatha, violin, vocals; R. Sankaranaraynan, mridangam
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