Friday, 29 July 2011

Naming the Bombay Sisters by Mouna Swamiji

This article appeared in The Hindu dated 26th November'2010 Friday Review.

Their first public performance was at the Ambattur Mutt of Mouna Swami, who suggested that they call themselves the ‘Bombay Sisters.' When Madurai Mani Iyer had to cancel a programme due to ill health, he suggested Chidambaram Iyer's girls could sing instead. The organiser was edgy throughout the concert, but as Govinda Rao was to observe later, “You've got to hand it to the sisters. They aren't afraid to sing what they have learnt.”

Initially, they were Musiri's students. Later they learnt under T.K. Govinda Rao. A more generous guru would be hard to find. He helped them with their diction, gave them tips when they performed in public, and to this day, continues to guide them.

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