Rudrapatnam Brothers

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Rudrapatnam Brothers
Origin Arkalgud, Karnataka, India
Genres Carnatic, Classical
Years active 1956 (1956) – present
Members Shri R.N. Thyagarajan & Shri R.N. Tharanathan

The Rudrapatnam Brothers are an Indian Carnatic vocal duo, consisting of brothers R. N. Thyagarajan and R. N. Tharanathan. The brothers come from a family of musicians from Rudrapatna village off the Kaveri banks in Arkalgud Thaluk of Hassan district in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. Vocalist Tiger Varadachariar, on seeing the musical atmosphere there, once claimed that “Rudrapatnam is the Thanjavur of Karnataka”. Music, Veda adhyayana, and studying Sanskrit were integral parts of their family tradition.

Early life and career[edit]

They are grandsons of R. K. Krishna Sastry, a musician, Harikatha exponent, playwright and a Sanskrit and Kannada scholar. They are sons of R. K. Narayana Swamy, a disciple of Musiri Subramania Iyer, the doyen of Carnatic music. Their uncles are R. K. Venkatarama Sastry, R. K. Ramanathan and R. K. Srikantan.

They were initiated into Carnatic music and trained by their father and Sastry, the famous violinist and disciple of Mysore T. Chowdiah.

Education[edit]

Thyagarajan earned a M.Sc. in mathematics and worked as a lecturer in mathematics for several years before joining All India Radio in 1976. He was the Assistant Director, Chennai Doordarshan Kendra and retired as Deputy Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore in 2003.

Tharanathan earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry and was a Chemistry Lecturer and retired as Additional Director, Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition in Central Food Technological Research Institute (C.F.T.R.I), Mysore. He was a visiting professor and Fellow at Max Planck Society, Germany and a recipient of Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship. He has visited Germany several times and worked on research projects.

Musical career[edit]

One review saw the brothers as deeply influenced by their predecessors, describing their music as adhering to the tradition of Carnatic music.[1] They claim influences from Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and the GNB.

They claim the tradition of Saint Thyagaraja Swamy Sishya Parampara in more than one way. Musiri, their guru’s guru belongs to the sishya lineage of Manambuchaavadi Venkatasubbayyar. Sastry was a sishya of Veena Subbanna who was part of the Walajapet sishya parampara and sishya of Mysore Sadasiva Rao.

They emphasize the music of Nayaki, Varali, Begada, Mukhari, Sahana, Madhyamavathi and Thodi.

Concerts[edit]

They began their concert career in 1956 and since then performed regularly around the world. They have given performances across India accompanied by artists such as Lalgudi Jayaraman, M. S. Gopalakrishnan, V.V. Subramanyam, M. Chandrasekaran, Ramanathapuram C S Murugabhoopathy, T. K. Murthy, Palghat R. Raghu, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Vellore Ramabhadran, Karaikudi Mani, V. Kamalakar Rao, Trichy Sankaran, Srimushnam V. Raja Rao, K.S. Manjunathan and T. H. Vinayakaram.

Awards[edit]

Year Title Given by
1961 AIR Music Competitions in Carnatic classical and Light classical Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the then president of India
1979 Gana Sudhakara Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy
1992 - Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award
1995 Ganakala Thilaka Carnatic Music Society, Goa
1999 Musiri Subramanya Iyer Neraval Singing, Music Academy, Chennai
1999 Felicitations Bharat Cultural Integration Committee, Chennai
2000 T.S.Sabhesh Iyer and K.Ponnaiah Pillai Music Academy, Chennai
2002 Felicitations Maharajapuram Santhanam Foundation, Chennai
2003 Sangeetha Kala Tapaswi Vaggeyakara Aradhanotsava Samithi, Mysore
2003 Karnataka Kalashree Karanataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy, Bengaluru
2005 Thyagaraja Prashasti Bengaluru Nagarathnamma Trust
2005 Sangeetha Vidhyanidhi President(s) of the 12th Music Conference, JSS Sangeetha Sabha
2006 Artists of the Year Bengaluru Gayana Samaja
2006 Gayaka Kala Bhooshana Shri Thyagaraja Gana Sabha Trust, Bengaluru
2007 Swaralaya Shrunga Suswaralya College of Music, Bengaluru
2008 Swaramurthy V.N.Rao Memorial National Award Bengaluru
2008 Asthana Vidwan Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
2011 Kalajyothi Nadajyothi Shri Thyagaraja Bajana Sabha, Bengaluru

References[edit]

  1. ^ Srikanth, Venkatesan. "Perfect melodies". The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-06-18.