Uma-Radhika popularly known as ‘Chinmaya Sisters’
are Carnatic Vocalists and have been performing concerts
all over India and abroad for over a decade.
They come from a family of ardent followers of Swami Chinmayananda
and are life members of the Chinmaya Mission.
One of the Sisters Radhika is an Ex-student of Chinmaya Vidyalaya Virugumbakkam
and also a school topper of Class XII -1994.
They have had the good fortune of singing before Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda
on numerous occasions and have been blessed by him.
Hence they have been named as “CHINMAYA SISTERS”
by their Guru Neyveli Shri Santhana Gopalan.
They were initiated into music at a very young age
by their mother Smt. Bhavani Natesan, a very talented singer herself and had their basic training from her.
Later on they came under the tutelage of Neyveli Sri R Santhanagopalan
and learnt from him for over 12 years.
Since the past 10 years they have been fortunate
to receive training from the renowned musician Padma Bhushan,
Kalaimamani Madurai Sri T.N Seshagopalan.
Having been brought up in Mumbai,
Uma and Radhika had the opportunity of participating
in various competitions conducted in schools, colleges
and Sabhas and have won several prizes.
After 17 years of Mumbai life, their love for music compelled them to shift to Chennai,
the centre for classical music.
Since 1992, they have been giving performances regularly
under the auspices of various renowned Sabhas and have performed
extensively all over India.
In the year 2003 they were invited by Carnatic Music Association
of North America-New Jersey for a concert tour of the USA.
They have also performed in the music series organised by
Kamban Kazhagam in Colombo-SriLanka.
They are ‘A’ graded artists of All India Radio
and have had the privilege of performing in some of their
special programmes like Navarathri series, National programme of Music-Trinity Series
and a recording of Abhayamba Navavarna kritis for their archives.
They are also regular performers for Doordarshan
and have performed in the National programme of music.
They have several music albums to their credit such as :
They have won many awards from various sabhas
for their performances in the prestigious
‘December Music Festival’ of Chennai.
With the blessings of Pujya Gurudev and with the blessings of
their Gurus, Madurai Shri T.N. Seshagopalan and
Neyveli Shri Santhanagopalan they hope to scale greater heights