Rudrapatnam Brothers - 60 years of traditional music
The Rudrapatnam Brothers in conversation with Vivek Sadasivam
The Rudrapatnam Brothers—R.N. Thyagarajan and R.N. Tharanathan—are probably the only duet-brothers to have successfully performed together for 60 years. They belong to a musical family which holds the unique distinction of having six A-Top performers, and four Sangeet Natak Akademi awardees. Thyagarajan was born on 15 July 1943, and Tharanathan on 11 November 1946 in Hassan, Karnataka. They received their initial training in music from their father R.K. Narayanaswamy, and later from R.K. Venkatarama Sastry. The duo, who made their debut in 1956 in Mysore, have had a successful musical journey. They have won several prizes including competitions organised by AIR, and the Best Concert Award at the Music Academy, Madras in 1981. They are known to uphold the classicism of Carnatic music in their concerts.
The brothers have participated in many prestigious music festivals, seminars and conferences in India and abroad, and have published many articles on Carnatic music. They have been associated with several institutions as selection committee members of the Music Audition Board, All India Radio, New Delhi; and the local audition board of All India Radio, Bengaluru. They are Top-grade artists of All India Radio and Doordarshan, and have many music albums to their credit. They have toured the U.S.A., Dubai, the UK, Singapore and Malaysia to name a few countries.
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