Bombay Sisters
Bombay Sisters
Bombay Sisters
Background information
GenresCarnatic music
Occupation(s)Classical Vocalist, Duo singers

The Bombay sisters, C. Saroja (b. 7 December 1936) and C. Lalitha (b. 26 August 1938), are a Carnatic music singing duo.[1]

Early life

The Bombay Sisters, C. Saroja and C. Lalitha, were born in Trichur, Kerala to Mukthambal and N. Chidambaram Iyer. The sisters were brought up in Bombay. Saroja and Lalitha had their education in the S.I.E.S Matunga, passed their intermediate privately from Bhopal, M.P. and completed their graduation from Delhi University. They had their musical training with H. A. S. Mani, Musiri Subramania Iyer and T. K. Govinda Rao.[2][3]

After they were groomed in Carnatic Music in Mumbai, the sisters moved to Chennai. But a swami addressed them as 'Bombay Sahodarigal' and blessed them, and the name stuck. Saroja's husband Rajaram was the chief secretary of Lalit Kala Akademi, and Lalitha's husband Chandran was an advocate. The sisters credited their husbands in helping them to continue to perform together after they got married. [4]

Concert performances

As part of the trend of duo singing in Carnatic music, which started in the 1950s, with performers like Radha Jayalakshmi, and Soolamangalam Sisters,[5] Bombay Sisters have been singing since 1963 when they started with light classical music, subsequently progressing to classical Carnatic music. They sing in multiple languages including Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi.[6] They are also known for promoting young musicians through endowments and scholarships.[7]

Awards


Discography

1.Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatham & Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam

2.Sri Parthasarathy Suprabhatham & Pasurangal

3.Sri Kamakshi Suprabhatham (2018)

4.Sri Raghavendra Suprabhatham & Sthothras

5.Sri Mookambika Suprabhatham

6. Sri Sharada Suprabhatham & Other Sthothras

7. Sri Bhubaneswari Suprabhatham & Songs

8. Sri Kalikambal Suprabhatham

9. Siva Suprabhatham & Sthothras

10.Sri Lakshmi Hayagreeva Stotram

11.Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Stotram (1991)

12.Sri Lakshmi Sahasranamam

13.Mooka Panchasathi

14.Gangalahari

15. Sri Bilva Ashtothara Sathanamavali

16.Devi Mahathmayam

17.Sowdaryalahari

18.Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam & Ashtothram

19.Durga Sthothram

20.Sree Mahishasuramardini Sthothram

21.Sriman Narayaneeyam

22.Sthothravali

23.Sthothramala

24.Sri Hanuman Chalisa & Other Hanumath Stothras (2008)

25. Chinna Chinna Slogangal

26. Krishna Karnamrutham

27. Sivanandalahari

28. Sri Vishnu Padadi Kesantha Sthothram

29. AanandaLahari

30. Dakshinamurthy Sthothram

31. Adi Sankara SivasthuthiMala

32. Aadithya Hridayam

33. SriSthuthi Bhoosthuthi

34.Padmanabha Sathakam

35. Subrahmanyam (Kandarkalivemba)

36.Sri Lalitha Trisathi And Other Devi Stothras

37. Devi Sthothra Malika

38. Devi Sthothra Mala

39. Mahishasura Mardhini (Nadam Music)

40. Ramaya Thubhyam Namah

41. Valmiki Ramayanam

42. Sri Dattathreya Sthothram

43. Sri Bhubaneswari Suprabhatham And Ashtakam

44.Sri Pudukkottai Bhuvaneswari Suprabhatham And Songs


1. Sapthaham (1991)

2. Sundara Narayana Guruvayurappan Gananjali Vol 8- CD 1

3. Sundara Narayana Guruvayurappan Gananjali Vol 8- CD 2

1.Sri Guruvayurappa Suprabhatham

2. Kandar Sashti Kavacham(Sangeetha Music)

3.Daivegathenisai

4.Ganapathi Aayiram Namangal

5.Enn Annai

6.Divyaprabadham

7.Jaya Jaya Kali

8.Kandar Sashti Kavacham (KRV Music)

9.Karumari Amman Andhadi

10.Koil Mani Osai

11.Maagadu Amman Aaruvara Padalgal

12.Maduraimeenakshi

13.Mahishasuramardhini (Symphony music) 14.Narayana Leelanjali

15.Navagraha Krithis

16.Pallikkarannai Parasakthi

17.PoornayogaVibhavam

18.Ramanar Suprabhatham

19. Sai Bhajan

20. Sakthiye Sakthi

21. Saravana Sangeetham

22. Shanmukha Suprabhatham

23. Kudavarasi Amman Padalgal

24. Sivadarisanam

25.Sri Bhuvaneswari Kavacham

26. Sri Hanumanchalisa & Songs

27. Sri Panchamukha Herambha Ganapathi Kavacham (1993)

28.Prasanna Venkatachalapathi pukazhmalai

29.Raghavedra Songs

30 Raghavendra Suprabhatham

31.Raghavendra Navarathnamalai

32.Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan Sthothram

33. Sri Thiruchedur Suprabhatham

34.Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatham (Tamil)

35. Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam (Tamil)

36. Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam (Tamil)

37. Bhajagovindam & Mukundamala (1991)

38. Aandal

39.Vinayaka Agaval

40.Thiruppugazh

41 Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatham (syphony) 42.Mahalakshmi Suprabhatham


1.Devi Geethanjali (1991).

2.Ambe Mookambe (1991).

3.Kailasagirivasa Sri Manjunatha

4. Navagraha Bhakthimala

5. Srinivasa Vaibhava

6. Varamahalakshmi

7. Venkateswara Suprabhatham (Kannada)

8. Gorahanahalli Mahalakshmi Suprabhatham

References

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  5. ^ "Sisters in song". The Hindu. 30 January 2010.
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  12. ^ "Sheer hard work has brought us this far". The Hindu. 28 September 2007. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
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