Bombay Sisters

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Bombay Sisters
Origin Trichur, kerala, India
Genres Carnatic music
Occupation(s) Classical Vocalist, Duo singers

The Bombay sisters, C. Saroja and C. Lalitha, are a Carnatic music singing duo.[1]

Early life[edit]

C. Saroja and C. Lalitha are sisters, but of divine music imbibed in their hearts, although they have been Chennai for nearly 4 decades, residents call them Bombay sisters “Years ago, when both sang at navagraha puja, Mouna Swamigal of Ambattur gave that name as his blessing for their future success, in the classical music career. Brought up in Bombay with seven siblings and tutored initially by vidwan H.A.S. Mani, the sisters shifted to Madras in 1958 when Saroja got a fellowship from the Central College of Music, Madras. Lalitha got this in due course of time. Awe-inspiring principal Musiri Subramanya Iyer gave her direct coaching in his home, with Lalitha was inspired to play the sruti box. “Even Guruji's simple sangatis, with bhava, the listeners enjoyed the divine music. Bombay Sisters were born in trichur and got settled in Bombay. They have been trained by H. A. S. Mani, Musiri Subramania Iyer and T. K. Govinda Rao.[2][3]


Part of the trend of duo singing in Carnatic music, which started in the 1950s, with performers like Radha Jayalakshmi, and Soolamangalam Sisters,[4] they have been singing since 1963 when they started with light classical music, subsequently progressing to Strong Carnatic and classical music; they sing in multiple languages including Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi.[5] They are also known for promoting young musicians through endowments and scholarships. [6]


Nadakalanidhi - 2004 ( Shanmukhananda Fine Arts - Delhi)


  1. ^ Saravanan & Hari Krishnan. "Interview with Bombay Sisters". Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Bombay sisters in concert". The Hindu. September 22, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  3. ^ "C Saroja & C Lalita - The Bombay Sisters". Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Sisters in song". The Hindu. January 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Concert by Bombay sisters". New Straits Times. February 16, 1994. p. 13. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  6. ^ "R.R. Sabha: The zest continues". The Hindu. December 27, 2002. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Bombay Sisters to get Isai Perarignar Award". The Hindu. November 11, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Profile - Bombay Sisters". Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Sheer hard work has brought us this far". The Hindu. September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Sangita Kalanidhi award for Bombay Sisters". The Hindu. July 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 

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