Chennai suburban sisters talk about their musical journey

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on Jul 21, 2018 04:18 PM IST

Chennai: The proverb, ‘Without music, life would be a mistake’, explains the lives of Anjani and Aswini who are well-known as ‘musical sisters’ in the area of Madipakkam in city suburb.

The duo were bred with music by their mother Rama, who is also a music teacher. While Anjani plays veena, Aswini shows her skills with mridangam. They reside at Lakshmi Nagar Second Stage-Second Cross Street at Madipakkam.

Speaking about choosing music, Anjani said she started learning veena when she was six-years-old. “I joined the veena class conducted by guru Kamala Aswathama in 2005 and learnt the nuances of it.”

“When I was a child, I used to sit along with students who learnt music from my mom. One of my mom’s friends taught me the basics of veena. Later, my parents realised my talent and enrolled me in a veena class. Within a few years, I started doing music shows in sabhas, temples, etc, in India and abroad,” she added.

Aswini started going for classes in 2005 like her sister, but chose mridangam instead. Her guru was Padmashree T K Murthi.

She said, “During my childhood, I used to drum on aluminium containers in the kitchen imagining it to be an instrument. That is how my interest in mridangam started. On one fine day, while Anjani and I were staging a performance, my mother found that there is a sync between us. Later, I started doing shows along with my sister.”

The music sisters’ said, they have performed over 1,500 shows till date, adding that they have won lots of laurels and honours, including Valayapatti Kashyap Child Artiste Award in 2007, Child Prodigy of 2009 from Rotary Club, Lalitha Padmanabhan Endowment Award from Narada Gana Sabha in 2010, Balakala Rathna title from Balakala Sagaram Trust in 2015 for their performances. Not only in music, they perform well in their academics too, having become school toppers in their higher secondary examinations.

Speaking about interesting moments that they have encountered, they said their first performance at Mantralayam Pradesh, in front of renowned musicians was one of the most interesting and memorable moments in their life.

“Also, we performed at lyricist Vairamuthu’s younger son, Kabilan Vairamuthu’s wedding. It too was memorable,” they added.

“We aspire to become like our gurus. They are our role models. Our aim is to excel in music and become renowned musicians,” concluded Anjani and Aswini in unison. They can be reached at 99620 55356.