Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Duo in Carnatic Music.

The duo singing started from the time of Mukta and Brinda (hope I am correct) and was popularized by the Bombay sisters. After them the successful pairs are the Priya sisters, Hyderabad brothers, violinist Kumaresh and Ganesh, flautist sikkil sisters and the most popular ones in the recent years, Ranjani and Gayathri.
Singing the kritis together is easy to some extent. Even in that singing different sangatis with uniformity is quite difficult. Though the aalapanas are sung seperately, I always wonder that how do they make it with the kalpana swarams. Is that easy to have a similar ‘Manodharma’ which is said to be the vital part of a concert? Even if they sing the kalpana swarams separately, but at one point they have to sing it together. Is that not a difficult task to coordinate?
Personally, I have observed many a times that my sister and me have convergent and coincidental thoughts. May be this is what is genetic advantage that the siblings have. But still I Wonder, How Carnatica brothers do it?

4 comments:

sundar said...

I am just wondering how on earth can anyone just forget the great 'Sulamangalam sisters'......when the topic is abt 'Karnatic duo'.....

ramya said...

Heard them on youtube after reading your blog.They sing well.Though they are not colour coordinated like many female duos, they are french-beard coordinated.
Also,Malladi brothers'should be on that duo list .

Aarathi Sankaran said...

For a long time I had assumed that the Alathur brothers were brothers, until someone pointed out that they were indeed only brothers in music! i.e. learnt from the same guru.

Anonymous said...

Alathur brothers were the first duo singers I think. Also one of the "brothers" was actually an adopted son.