Carnatic Music will retain its superior status far into the future and would continue to make winning strides despite the ‘onslaught’ of various other types of music, a famous singing duo has said.
According to Haripriya and Shanmugapriya, known as the ‘Priya Sisters,’ the immortality of Carnatic Music would remain indisputable.
“Carnatic Music will remain the same, the format of performing will also be the same, it has sustained for centuries and we are sure that the western influences or fusion or any other lighter music varieties cannot disturb the classicism. There is always a chaste taste in the Rasikas,” they said in an interview with kutcheribuzz.com soon after being conferred with the tile of ‘Isai Peroli,’ late last year.
Despite such honours and a large following throughout the world, the Priya Sisters remain humble and friendly, believing in the dictum that a singer is as good as his or her last concert.
“Music is for our soul. It is the highest art form. Music is itself meditation and it makes you forget everything around. We enjoy when we perform and we are sincere listeners as well,” they said.
The family and social environment was congenial for their foray into the world of music, with their father Subbaraman encouraging them with an early start. They later came under the tutelage of Radha and Jayalakshmi, another vocalist due popular as Carnatic Music and playback singers in films.
They share passion for traditional music and saree shopping, but differ in a number of other areas. While Haripriya plays Electric Guitar and Mandolin, Shanmugapriya is fond of interior decoration.
They will present a number of songs and Kirtans that have stood the test of time and evolving tastes at Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School on Saturday, September 28 at 6 pm.
Organised by the Sangeetha Bharathi Music School and Raiskas NZ under the main sponsorship of Bank of India, the one-night only Concert will feature Vittal Ramamoorthy (Violin) and Skanda Subramanian (Mridangam) as support artistes.
Tickets for the programme, priced at $40 (VIP), $30 (Adults) and $20 (Children) are now on sale at Yogiji’s Food Mart on Carr Road, Mt Roskill. Further information can be obtained from Padma Govardhan on (09) 6245922 or Priya Srinivasan on 021-613155.
Haripriya & Shanmukhapriya Vedula in Concert