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Archana & Aarathi - Carnatic Vocalists

Archana & Aarathi (twins) graded artistes (‘B high’ AIR, Chennai) are great grand nieces of renowned composer Gayaka Shikamani Sangita Kalanidhi Late Sri Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar and great grand daughters of Late Supreme Court Justice Sangita Kalanidhi Sri. T.L. Venkatarama Iyer.

They are disciples of Sangita Kalanidhi Smt. R.Vedavalli.

Summary of performances

Archana and Aarathi have already given more than 500 vocal concerts under the auspices of several reputed arts and cultural organizations in India, USA, Canada and Singapore

To name a few:

  • December Margazhi Mahotsavam Music Festival Concerts, The Music Academy, Madras, Parthasarathy Swamy Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Naada Inbam, Bharat Kalachar, Indian Fine Arts Society, Sastri Hall, Kapali Fine Arts ,Sastri Hall, Nada brahmam, TAG P.S Dakshinamurthy Auditorium, Mudhra , Brahma Gana Sabha , Krishna Gana Sabha, Thyaga brahma gana sabha (Vani Mahal) , Shanti Arts Foundation& Endowments ( SAFE), Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Tatvaloka, Eldams road, CHARSUR, Nada Neerajanam

  • Performance for Television Channels : Sun TV, Jaya TV, Podhigai, SVBC, Vendhar, Peppers, Madrasana (Web Channel)

Other significant performances

  • Vocal music for Girish Karnad’s play “ NAGAMANDALA”, organized by Madras Players, British Council, 2004

  • Concert in the presence of H H Sri Bharati Tirtha Swamigal at Sudharma, Chennai, September 2012

  • Voices Of Tomorrow, THE ARTERY at Kalakshetra November 2012

  • Were part of Dushyant Sridhar’s Upanyasam on Various Topics

  • Youth series, IIT Music Club, January 2015

  • Were part of Historian V.Sriram’s HERITAGE WALK –Mylapore and Triplicane, in the year 2014 & 2015

  • Were part of Historian V.Sriram’s HERITAGE WALK – Kovur (Kovur Pancharatnam) 2016

  • Were part of Prof. Madhusudanan Kalaichelvan’s RATHAM Trip to Srirangam and Thiruvanaikkaval. In 2018

  • Were part of The Vedanta Desikar’s 750th Birth year celebrations of Kavasam TV, at The Music Academy, Madras

Overseas Concerts

  • Concert at Senbaga Vinayakar Temple, Singapore Feb 2015

  • Concert at Cleveland, Ohio, for Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival March 2016

  • Concert at South Indian Cultural Association, Ottawa, Canada April 2016

  • Concert at Bharati Kala Manram, Toronto, Canada April 2016

  • Concert at Indian Fine Arts Society of San Diego (IFAASD), April 2017

  • Concert for Dhvani, Columbus, May 2017

Out Station concerts

  • Dr. V.Subramanian’s Talent Promotion Concerts, Shanmukhananada Hall, Mumbai, May 2010

  • Unnati Foundation, Infosys hall, Bangalore, June 2011

  • Nellai Sangeetha Sabha, Tirunelveli June 2012

  • Sadguru Sangeetha Samajam, Madurai July 2012

  • Rasika Ranjana Sabha, Trichy July 2012

  • Visakha Cultural Academy ,Visakhapatnam September 2012

  • Saraswati Gana Sabha, Kakinada October 2012

  • Tyagaraja narayanadasa seva samiti, Rajamundry, March 2013

  • Sri Tyagaraja Bhakta samaj , Tanuku(Andhra Pradesh), March 2013

  • Gopalakrishna Bharati music festival, Mayiladuthurai Feb 28, 2014

  • Natyasamgraha,Association of Classical Dancers of Hyderabad at Sapthaparni, Hyderabad April 2014

  • Lecture demonstration and Concert at Shri Sharadamba temple, Coimbatore May 2014

  • Concerts in and around Trivandrum (Navaratri concerts), September 2014

  • Vishishta Banashankari Fine Arts, Bangalore, Jan 2015

  • Ramanavami series at Ramanathapura, Hassan district April 2016

  • Ramanavami series at Palakkad, Kerala April 2016

  • Concert at Ragapriya , Madurai , May 2017

  • Concert in the Presence of Ubhaya Jagadgurus of Sringeri at Ramaiyampatti, May 2017

  • Concert at Bhaktha Rasika Ranjana Sabha (BRR), Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai, June 0217

  • Concert at Thiruvembadi Ganesha Festival, Thrisshur, August 2017

  • Concert at Bhadrachalam for Bhadrachala Ramadasa Jayanti in Jan 2018

Titles & Awards

  • Awarded the “Most Promising Young Musicians” by International Women’s Association (IWA), Chennai Chapter (2005) and performed a vocal concert at The Park Sheraton for 150 Indian and Foreign delegates during the event

  • Conferred the title of “Sangita Balabrahmam” by Gnananda Swami, Tapovanam, 2006

  • Conferred the title “Padma Bharathi” by the Padma Sarangapani Culural Academy,Chennai 2007

  • Recipients of Scholarship on Padam - Javali by Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi, April 2011

  • Awarded the ‘Young Achievers’ by the Rotary Club of Chennai, Mambalam (RCCM), 3rd may 2015.

  • Awarded the ‘M.L.Vasantakumari’ award by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha on August 1st 2015

Special Tribute Concerts

  • For Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi, Bharat Kalachar, Chennai, January 2005

  • For Sri S.V.Krishnan (Founder of Naada Inbam), Raga Sudha Hall, Chennai, April 2010

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) - SRM Easwari Engineering College , Chennai 2006-2010

  • Advance Course - Advanced School of Carnatic Music 2011-2013 Music Academy, Chennai

Reviews and Recommendations

2007 – 2011

comments from newspaper / articles

  • Ladies special ,Sept 2011, Andhra Bhumi , March 2011

  • Dina Malar, June 17th 2012, The Hindu ,Vizag Edition, Oct 5 2012, The Hindu, Chennai Edition, Oct 26,2012

  • Amuda Surabhi, December 2012

  • Daily Thanthi , Dec 31, 2013

  • Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad, April 24th, 2014, The Hindu, Friday Review, Hyderabad, May 3rd , 2014

  • Ananda Vikatan, Jan 14th edition

  • The Hindu, Friday Review, Chennai, Jan 9th, 2015, The Hindu, Friday review, Chennai Edition, 26th June 2015

  • Dinatandi, Dec 18th 2015

– Few Website Links

http://www.sabhash.com/music/events/181/naada-inbam.html

http://www.parivadini.com

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/sisters-in-sync/article5967098.ece#.U2R4KUrmolA.hotmail

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/review-of-jayaprada-ramamurthy-and-archanaarathi-concert/article6767804.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/music/their-imagination-took-flight/article7353906.ece


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