Violin Maestros Dr. M. LALITHA & M. NANDINI - the „QUEENS OF VIOLIN“  

To quote the renowned music critic Subbudu “...Music runs in their blood, they must have played music even when they were in their mother’s womb. ”

LALITHA and NANDINI are the torchbearers of a unique musical tradition but yet have evolved a distinct style of their own. Hailing from an illustrious family of musicians, LALITHA and NANDINI have the privilege of being the fourth generation of musicians in their family. Their musical genius manifested at the tender age of three and they came under the tutelage of the musical doyen guru Shri V. Lakshminarayana Iyer who was their beloved grand father. They have undergone specialized training in music under the able guidance of their mother Smt. Subhalakshmi Muthuswamy who is a reputed Vocalist, Violinist, teacher and musicologist. They were also inspired by their uncles Shri. L. Vaidyanathan, Dr. L. Subramaniam and Dr. L. Shankar, who are internationally reputed for their musical genius and have also been taught by them. They have undergone advanced training in music from Padma Vibhushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. They have undergone specialized training in the compositions of Muthuswamy Diksitar from Mrs. Ramani Baskar. They were trained in Western Classical Music by Sri. V. S. Narasimhan and have passed the final grade (8th grade) examinations conducted by the Trinity college of Music, London in Western Classical Music in Violin. They have also learnt the Theory of Western Classical Music.

They are acclaimed as the ONLY FEMALE VIOLIN DUO in INDIA to know both the systems of music - the Western Classical and the South Indian Classical Music. They have the rare honour of their Guru – Sishya Parampara tracing back to the Carnatic Musical luminaries – Saint Tyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar and Syama Sastri LALITHA and NANDINI are regarded as highly imaginative virtuoso Violinists with immaculate bowing and dexterous fingering techniques. They have been endowed with a sweet and rich tone, which along with their innate artistry and technical brilliance makes their music unique. They have been applauded by both connoisseurs and laymen alike for their original and unique style of violin playing. The music that cascades from the Duo’s Violin’s is known to be sublime, brilliant, traditional and celestial. Their Violin playing is known to be replete with ragabhava, good command over all aspects of laya and clarity of svara. Their rare musical insight combined with their innate artistry, technical brilliance and original creativity, has endeared them to music lovers. They enrapture their audience with imaginative improvisations and intricate rhythmic patterns fused with melodic sweetness.

They have specialized in playing varnam-s in different grades of tempo and in playing Kalpana Svara-s in many grades of speed, which is a prominent and unique feature of their style of Violin playing. Though much sought after violinists of today, their firm adherence to tradition or sampradaya suddham and patantara suddham adds credit to their style of performance. With their irresistible urge for perfection they have revolutionized the violin playing technique to great heights. There is a rare spirituality about their music which soaked in bhakti bhava has endowed their music with a transcendental quality. Their music is envisioned by the sisters as an offering to the divine, which in their musical voyage is a sole endeavor to alleviate the soul, which results in a rare aesthetic and emotional musical quality.

As Cultural ambassadors of India’s rich musical heritage, LALITHA and NANDINI have traversed the four corners of the globe - spreading the message of global harmony and promoting bi-lateral ties between different nations through their music. They have the rare honour of being the First ever Indian Musicians to perform in the Free State Province of South Africa. They have performed extensively in Major Music Festivals in India and in other countries including USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, United Kingdom, Middle East, South Africa, and Mauritius. Some of the major festivals / theatres where they have performed include the Baxter’s Theatre- South Africa, Cape Town Music Festival – South Africa, Opera House – South Africa, Saddlers Wells – London, Royal Academy of Arts – London, World Tamil Conference, Sprit of Unity concerts for National Integration, Julie Morgan Theatre – USA, Fordehuset – Norway, Quatre Bonne Conservatoire- Mauritius, Soorya Festival- Kerala, Sirifort Auditorium – New Delhi, Music Academy - Chennai, Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, Tyagaraja Aradhana – Tiruvaiyaru, DITI- Australia, Temple of Fine Arts - Malaysia, Royal Nepal Academy- Nepal, Indian Consulate Hall- Dubai, Rise Festival - London, Sir Ian Turboot Auritorium - Australia, Dorothy Winston Auditorium - New Zealand.

  HERBERT LANG (Mridangam)  

Herbert Lang, born in Adelsheim/Germany, is a musician and promoter of classical Indian music since more than 30 years. He holds a B.A. in Indian Music from the University of Chennai/Madras. Herbert Lang was a stipendiate of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) and ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations). In 2006, he received the prestigious "Gisela Bonn Award" for extraordinary merits in the promotion of understanding Indian culture, specially Indian Music. He was guest professor at the University of Mysore for one year where he worked, supported by a grant for scientific work by ICCR, on the notation of Indian rythmics.

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  ARUP SEN GUPTA (Tabla)  
  Born and brought up in Germany, Arup Sen Gupta belongs to the second generation of Indians settled in Germany.
His parents being connaisseurs and lovers of Indian music, Arup soon came into contact with traditional Indian, especially Bengali, culture and music. From the age of 12 onwards Arup regularly started attending Indian classical music concerts as well as listening to recorded Indian music and - without having any formal traditional instruction on tabla at that time - accompanying his parents on Tabla while they were singing devotional songs, Tagore songs, Bengali popular songs etc.
In the late 80`s Arup met the accomplished Tabla player Sri Subhen Chatterjee of Calcutta who soon became his friend as well as musical teacher and advisor (Guru). Since then Arup has been under Subhenji`s affectionate guidance. Subhen Chatterjee is the seniormost disciple of renowned and world famous Tabla Maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, torchbearer of the LUCKNOW Style of Tabla playing. Since the mid 90`s Arup has also been receiving additional training from Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri.
Arup regularly plays throughout Europe, India and the US. Meanwhile he is one of the most sought after Tabla accompanists in Europe, especially in Germany.
As a performer of Indian Classical Music Arup has already accompanied some of India`s finest musicians such as Kala Ramnath, Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Rajeev Taranath, Shahid Parvez Khan, Rupak Kulkarni,Purbayan Chatterjee, Kushal Das,Partha Chatterjee, Partho Bose,Dhruba Ghosh, Atul Kumar Upadhye, Subroto Roy-Chowdhury, Harsh Wardhan, Ramnath Gopalakrishnan (carnatic saxophone), Mysore M. Manjunath, Partho Sarothy, Sangeeta Shankar, Ronu Majumdar, Ashok Pathak, Sandipan Samajpati,Ranajit Sengupta, Sugata Marjit, Sandip Chatterjee Sumitra Guha, Padmini Rao. Durga Arya (Kathak), Rajeeb Chakraborty, Gaurav Mazumdar, Mohammed Sayeed Khan, Shalil Shankar, Ashraf Khan, Ikhlaq Hussain Khan, Alif Laila, Anirban DasGupta and many others as well as accomplished western performers of Indian classical Music such as Ken Zuckerman, Al Gromer Khan, David Trasoff, Stephanie Bosch, to name a few, on Tabla.