Priya Sisters (Carnatic Vocal) with
B.V. Raghavendra Rao (Violin) and
Neyveli Skandasubramanian (Mridangam)

Sunday, May 22, 5:00 PM


HHH Cowles Auditorium
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Neyveli SkandasubramanianPriya SistersB.V. Raghavendra Rao

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About the Artists

Priya Sisters

Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya, are the renowned musical duo popularly known as the 'Priya Sisters', in the sphere of carnatic music. Born to Smt.V.Lalitha and Sri.V.V.Subba Ram, Priya Sisters started learning Carnatic Vocal Music since the age of five under the tutelage of their father. Later they had advanced training under the renowned duo Kalaimamanis Radha and Jayalakshmi. Presently they are under the scholarly guidance of Prof.T.R.Subramaniam.

Priya Sisters started performing since 1989 and have given more than 2000 concerts all over India and overseas, touring countries like U.S.A., Canada, U.K., and Mauritius. They have performed in a number of prestigious festivals such as the spirit of unity concerts, Duo festival, Festival of Hyderabad, World Tamil conference etc. They were one of the chosen few to have been invited to perform in the 69th and 70th Birthday celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparti. They also had the privilege of performing at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi in the presence of the then President of India, Sri. R. Venkataraman.

They have been the recipients of the 'Best Female Vocalists' awards from Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai. They have also received the M.L.V. memorial award. They have been conferred the titles 'Sangeeta Sarada' and 'Gayani Sironmani'. Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya have received   the prestigious 'Ugadi Purashkar 2000' from the Madras Telugu Academy for their achievements in Carnatic Classical Music.

Many recording companies have released a number of albums of Priya Sisters. Including the popular 'In Harmony', Bhadrachala Ramdas Kritis, Gaanam, Serene Moments, Annamayya Lahari, Giridhara Gopala, Devi Kritis to name a few. Their art form is characteristic of the G.N.B. Baani (style), with their sruti-aligned, attractive, brigaa-oriented voices lending them ready support to leave an enduring impression on the listener

B.V. Raghavendra Rao hails from a distinguished family of musicians. He was initiated into the niceties of music at an early age of five by his father B.Sudarsana Rao. Attracted by the lure of classical music from his childhood, he trained rigorously on the violin for several years under Guru Shri Balan, Shri Sangeetham Meerasahib and became the disciple of the violin maestro Sangeetha Kalanidhi Shri T.N.Krishnan. Later he received invaluable guidance and concert experience from Dr.M.Balamuralikrishna, arguably one of the greatest musician India has produced in the 20th century. As a young artiste he received the appreciation of the Presidentof India for accompanying the celebrated musical genius.

The melodious and mellifluous music that he brings out through the violin illustrates his strong creative imagination that scales great heights. He has won several prizes and awards from various Sabhas in Madras. He has participated in the prestigious Bharat Cultural Integration Committee's (BCIC) music festivals organized all over India.Raghavendra Rao has performed internationally and has participated in numerous music festivals of I.C.C.R., and the prestigious "Festival of India" programs. He has widely traveled all over the world, including the U.S.A., Canada, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and the Middle Eastern countries. Raghavendra's devotion and his quest for perfection find their expression in his violin-play.

Neyveli Skandasubramanian is a disciple of Vidwan Tiruvarar Shri. R. Krishnamoorthy and Vidwan 'Kalaimamani' Tiruvarur Sri. Bhakthavatsalam. He has been giving performances with most top-ranking artists at major Sabhas all over India and abroad. He has traveled and performed widely around the world and is the recipient of many awards. He is a prominent preferred accompanist for many of the leading vocalists.

About the Venue:
The Cowles Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st Ave Ramp is also convenient.

Map of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis

To get to the 19th Ave Parking Ramp:

  • 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.


IMSOM’s Spring 2011 Concert Series has been supported in part by funds provided by the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors.

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