Akkarai Sisters Violin Duet Concert

by Subhalakshmi & Sornalatha
Sri. Shertalai R. Ananthakrishnan (Mridangam)
Dr. ‘Ghatam’ S. Karthick (Ghatam)

Date: November 2nd, 2013, 5:30 PM
Location: Green Hope High School, Cary, NC

Co-Sponsored with ICMDS

The Akkarai Sisters are among India’s most distinguished young musicians today, known for their lively and soulful music steeped in tradition. The sisters, Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha, hail from a family with a rich background in South Indian classical (Carnatic) music. The sisters were trained intensively from a young age by their father, Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, a veteran violinist and founder of the Swara Raga Sudha School of music. They have also learnt under Shri V Janakiraman, Shri O V Subramanian and his daughter Smt Padma Natesan of New Delhi, and later from Padmabhushan Shri P S Narayanaswamy and Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran. Both sisters have performed around the world, including Europe, U.S.A., Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and many more.

Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha have received numerous accolades; Subhalakshmi received the Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Puraskar award from the President of India at age thirteen, and has since earned the Music Academy Outstanding Young Violinist Award for four years, Yuva Kala Bharathi (2002), the Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award (2007), the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award from the Sangeet Natak Akademy (2007), Vani Kala Nipuna (2012), and many more. Recently, she was awarded the title of ‘Kala Rathna’ from the Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana (2013). Sornalatha has also earned many awards and titles, including Kalashree, Sangeetha Bhaskara, Yuva Kala Bharathi, Isai Chemmal, the Vipanchee Award, the Best Violinist Award from the Indian Fine Arts Society, and the Best Violinist Award from the Music Academy (2013). The sisters together received the prestigious Shanmukha Shiromani from the Shanmukhananda Sabha in Mumbai in 2009.

Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha have released many albums, both violin and vocal, solo and duet, such as ‘Inta Saukhyam’, ‘Keeravani’, and ‘Varali’, and they have also provided accompaniment in many others. The sisters are also much sought-after teachers.

Co-Sponsored with ICMDS