From the time they gave their initial performance in Madras, they have taken the world of Carnatic music by storm by virtue of their immense scholarship and strict adherence to tradition. In a short period of time they have become extremely popular artistes. The Hyderabad Brothers, D. Seshachari and D.
Raghavachari, hail from a family of musicians. Their initial training was under the guidance of their father, the Late Sangeetha Sahitya Vidwan, Daroor Ratnamacharyulu, and their mother, D. Sulochana Devi. The brothers imbibed their music skills at the feet of their parents.
Later, Shri Raghavachary alone had training under Shri Susarla Sivaram, at the Government College of Music and Dance in Hyderabad, whose idiom and style, the brothers have evolved. Their music, which has great strength and appeal, is bright, imaginative and full of verve and vigour. They have voices to complement their knowledge and they seem to have moulded their art on the style and gait of the Alathur Brothers. The Hyderabad Brothers have performed in all the major institutions, festivals and sabha-s in India and have won numerous paludits from critics and rasika-s.
They have performed at the Madras Music Academy, Krishna Gana Sabha, Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Indian Fine Arts Society and the Kalasagaram Music Circle and other sabha-s of repute. They have been given numerous radio and television concerts for All India Radio and Doordarshan TV. They have also participated in AIR Sangeetha Sammelan and Spirit of Unity concerts. They have performed extensively in India and have toured North America several times.
They have also released several commercial recordings (cassettes and CD's) on most major labels. They are popular favorites at record stores. Early in their performance career, they were given the Best Young Talent Award in 1977 and 1978 by the Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, Hyderabad. Since then, they have won serveal awards and titles from many reputed institutions.
The Music Academy in Madras honoured them as The Best Vocalists for three consecutive years - 1990, 1991 and 1992. They were also given the Yogam Award by The Music Academy in 1992. In 1993, The Music Academy gave them The Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Award for the best rendering of rare Thyagaraja kriti-s. They have been honoured by the prestigious Krishna Gana Sabha as the best vocalists in 1988, 1990 and 1991.
They were given the title of The Youths of Excellence for the Year 1992 by the Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust. In 1992, The Hyderabad Brothers were nominated as asthana vidwans of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham to mark the 58th birthday of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swami. The phenomenal success of The Hyderabad Brothers is, no doubt, due to their own irrefutable talent. However, it may also be put down to the fact that duo singing has always held fascination for Carnatic music rasika-s.
The Hyderabad Brothers seem to have filled the void left by The Alathur Brothers, one of the great duo singers of the past. The Hyderabad Brothers complement each other stunningly. Seshachari's deep, resonant voice and the softer, mellow voice of Raghavachari, blend well to melodious effect. On and off the stage, Seshachari, the younger brother is more extroverted; Raghavachari is more content to play the quieter role.
Seshachari, who is a staff artiste with All India Radio, Hyderabad, is an accomplished mrdangam player as well! Raghavachari works for the national Mineral Development Corporation. The Hyderabad Brothers have fine--tuned the art of projecting their sweetly synchronised voices and their classical interpretations of Carnatic music in a popular and knowledgeable framework, to produce enjoyable music. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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