D Sesha Chary & D Raghava Chary (The Hyderabad Brothers), Srimushnam Rajarao and Delhi Sunderrajan
The Hyderabad Brothers
(Carnatic Vocal Duet)
Delhi Sunderrajan (Violin) &
Srimushnam Rajarao (Mridangam)

Friday, September 7, 2001, 7:30 pm


The Recital Hall
College of Saint Catherine, Saint Paul

About the artists:

D. Sesha Chary and D. Raghava Chary, known as The Hyderabad Brothers, hail from an orthodox family. They had systematic training from their father Sangeetha Sahitya Vidwan Late Sri D. Ratnamacharyulu. Their mother Smt. D. Sulochana Devi is also a very good musician. Later, Raghava Chary alone had training from Vidwan Late Sri Susarla Sivaram. At a very tender age, they emerged as good performers. They have been giving duet programs in all reputed Sabhas all over India including All India Radio and Television for a very long time. They have also participated in AIR Sangeetha Sammelan, Spirit of Unity Concerts (TV), Central Production Centre (CPC), Television and Doordashan National Network Programs. Hyderabad Brothers have evolved for themselves a compact pattern of presentation and their mutually blending voices make a deep impact on the listeners. Their grip over the SRUTHI, LAYA and SAHITYA BHAVA is remarkable and their repertoire wide and varied. They have been bestowed with numerous awards such as, "Best Vocalists", "Yogam Nagaswamy Award", "Asthana Vidwans", "Sangeetha Kalaimamanis", to name a few. They have several cassettes and CDs to their credit. They have toured USA, Canada, Australia, Doha and this is their fourth tour of the U.S. and Canada.

Delhi P. Sunderrajan hails in the lineage of Flute Maestro Brahmasri Sharabha Sastrigal. He is a disciple of Sangeethabhushanam Sri V.Janakiraman. He was recognised as a child prodigy and has established himself as an artiste of great talent, dedication and creativity. He has given solo performances all over the country and abroad. He has accompanied all the distinguished musicians. He has the rare distinction of winning the Madras Music Academy's prestigious award as the Best accompanying violinist for 3 years in succession. He has also won many other awards and is one of the most sought after violins artistes in India. All India Radio gave him an age exemption when they made him a graded artiste at the age of 13. He has performed all over the world and his skill on the violin has been acclaimed by both music critics and the rasikas in India and abroad. He has established Venkata Academy of Music and Arts to impart training in the field of Carnatic Music.

Srimushnam S. Rajarao - In his career as a Mridangam artiste spanning nearly four decades, Sri Rajarao has earned the respect and admiration of not only the rasikas but also fellow artistes and is now rated among the top few percussionists in the field of Carnatic Music. He hails from a family of fine musicians, his father and grandfather being great vidwans themselves. He is a prime example of great mridangam players trained by the legendary Kumbakonam Rajapaa Iyer and is keeping up the traditions in concerts all over the world. In his more than dozen tours of North America and the countless tours of other countries, he has established himself as a fine artiste, a great accompanist contributing greatly to the success of the concert. He has played for all the leading artistes both in Indian Sabhas and Music Festivals held in every continent. He is a fine vocal artiste himself, though he has confined himself mostly to the percussion field. He has been awarded many titles and awards including the appointment as 'Asthana Vidwan' by both Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and Sringeri Sarada Peetam, also by the famous Pillayarpatti Ganapathy Temple. North American rasikas honored him with the title of 'Sangeetha Ratnakara' at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival in 1997. He is a tireless worker in promoting Carnatic Music both in India and abroad and he has contributed greatly towards the success of the Cleveland Thyagraja Festivals over many years.


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