6:30 PM Ranjani & Gayatri (Karnatic Vocal duet)
Smt. Ranjani and Smt. Gayatri showed an uncanny capacity to grasp the subtle nuances of Carnatic music at a very early age. Smt. Gayatri could identify over a hundred ragas when she was barely two and a half and Smt. Ranjani could delineate complex rhythm patterns at age five.
They started their violin training from Sangita Bhooshanam Prof. T.S. Krishnaswami at the Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Vidyalaya, Mumbai. They quickly established themselves as top-class violinists of international repute. The sisters achieved success as violin duet performers, and subsequently, they also proved successful as violin accompanists.
Both had their initial vocal training from their mother Smt. Meenakshi Balasubramaniam and later started training under Padma Bhushan Sangeeta Kala Acharya Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy.
Perfection of Sruti, powerful voice control, rich imagination, and impeccable aesthetics are some of the qualities that describe the music of the sisters. Above all this, it is the sisters' capacity to deeply experience and enjoy what they sing, which takes their music to a different plane. Their two voices blend and contrast to strike a fine balance between vibrancy and contemplation, intellect and emotion, tradition and innovation.