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Mandolin Sisters recognised in the media

Strict adherence to tradition, The Hindu 24-12-2008

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The Mandolin Sisters, M. Sreeusha and M. Sireesha, enthralled the audience at the same venue with the pleasing melody that flowed through their deft fingers.The sisters have come a long way in their music journey. ‘Vinayaka Ninnuvina,’ the kriti in Hamsadhwani was followed by dazzling kalpanaswaras. The duo delved deeper into the raga and unearthed its beauty through their lively exchange.

Ritigowla featured in their concerts too. But they had chosen the well-known ‘Nannu Vidachi Kadalakura’ by Tyagaraja. The delineation of Kalyani was another wholesome attempt.

The good co-ordination between the sisters is a very important factor that has contributed to their popularity. ‘Eppavaruvaro’ in Jonpuri was a feat in speed. It was admirable and evoked admiration for their skill. But whether Gopalakrishna Bharati, who composed this song with such intense yearning for the lord, would have approved of it is a moot question. Umayalpuram V.Kalyanaraman on the mridangam and N. Rajaraman on the ghatam gave efficient support to the sisters and presented an entertaining thani.

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The Hindu – Majestic all the way

Mandolin Sisters Sreeusha and Sireesha

The next was a scintillating performance by the Mandolin Sisters, M. Sreeusha and M. Sireesha. They also opened with the Saveri varnam. It is here that prepared schedules help avoid repetitions. Their Thodi will linger in the minds of listeners for a long time. It is not an easy raga to play on this instrument. Every note has a unique gamaka. Their rendering was soulful.

The kriti they chose was the heavy ‘Kaddanu Variki’ of Tyagaraja in Adi talam. The raga portrayal was shared well between them. The niraval was at the charanam line, ‘Niddura Nirakarinchi.’

After the kalpanaswara, the expected thani avartanam by K.S. Ramana on the mridangam and M.V. Subba Rao on the ghatam was sweet, but short, in view of the time constraint. There was no rhythmic exchange, as they chose to play together. The siblings earlier etched Simhendramadhyamam in all its charm for the kriti, ‘Kamakshi Kamakoti’.

What a Bindumalini that was! This ubhaya vakra shadava janya raga came into prominence through ‘Entha Muddo’ of Tyagaraja. The duo excelled in the presentation of this kriti. The Begada and Desh were truly classical. There is little doubt that the siblings will go places.

By H.Ramakrishnan

Sourced from and thanks to:The Hindu December 22, 2009