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Carnatic Violin Duet by Akkarai Sisters — Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha


Featuring Akkarai Sisters -- Subhalakshmi and Sornalatha

When: November 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Location: Rasika School of Music and Arts

Event Type: Music Concert

rasika is proud to welcome two rising stars in Carnatic music – Akkarai Subhalakshmi and her sister, Akkarai Sornalatha to Portland for the first time ever.

Accompanying artists:
Shertalai Ananthakrishnan – Mridangam
Dr. S. Karthick – Ghatam

Akkarai S Subhalakshmi, one of the young stars of India, is a South Indian classical (Carnatic) violinist and vocalist par excellence whose rich, soulful music has touched the hearts of listeners around the world. Subhalakshmi performs many violin and vocal duets with her younger sister Akkarai S Sornalatha, and they are popularly known as ‘Akkarai Sisters’.

A child prodigy, Subhalakshmi hails from a musical family; her grandfather Suchindram Shri S P Sivasubramanian was a prolific musician and composer, and her grandmother Smt R Sornambal a harikatha exponent and music teacher. Subhalakshmi is the disciple of her father, Akkarai Shri S Swamynathan, a veteran violinist and founder of the Swara Raga Sudha school of music, and his intensive training enabled her to debut as a performing violinist and vocalist at the tender age of eight. She also trained under Shri V Janakiraman, Shri O V Subramanian and his daughter Smt Padma Natesan of New Delhi, and later on, Padmabhushan Shri P S Narayanaswamy and particularly Chitravina Shri N Ravikiran, who had her in many of his concerts and provided her with valuable musical guidance and experience.

One of the leading Carnatic violinists today, Subhalakshmi’s playing is characterized by a rich tone and artful bowing, as well as sensitive and precise fingering, capable of reproducing the finest nuances of the human voice. Thus, she has developed a style of her own, featuring the richness of Indian vocal music, combined with the versatility of the violin. As an accompanist, she has played for many legendary artistes, such as Dr M Balamuralikrishna, Chitravina N Ravikiran, T V Gopalakrishnan, Dr N Ramani, and R K Srikanthan, and has become known for her unique acumen in blending seamlessly with the music, while enlivening and enhancing it skillfully.

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