Kanchana Sisters (also known as “Kanchana Ranjani Sisters”) – Vid. Kanchana S. Shriranjani and Vid. Kanchana S. Shruthiranjani are among the most admired and sought after duet vocalists in the classical music fraternity. The duo are part of the esteemed Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) panel of artists and have been performing on prestigious platforms in India and abroad.
As the Ambassadors of Indian classical music, Kanchana Sisters performed for the prestigious World Village Festival in Finland, Estoania and Denmark during 2019, a tour sponsored by the Embassy of India. The duo have also performed in France, United Kingdom, Norway and Singapore.
Kanchana Sisters hail from a family of musicians who were Tamil Iyyers and had settled in Bajathur village in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka (click here to read more about Kanchana sisters’ family). At a very tender age of 3 years, their father ‘Karnataka Kalashri’ Kanchana V. Subbarathnam the renowned violinist of our country, initiated them into music. They began staging classical concerts at the age of 4. The sisters’ duo specializes in rendition of the “Avadhana Pallavi”s (The ability to render most complex compositions by playing different taalas with different nadai on both hands simultaneously), which they learnt from their maternal uncle Dr. R.S. Nanda Kumar, Mysore. The precision of their avadhana performances with ancient taalas such as ‘Simhanandana’ (128 akshara kaala) and implementation of other ancient taala angas, have stunned the masses. Kanchana Sisters are also the first known in the history of Carnatic music to have performed taala avadhana with the most convoluted and ancient ‘Sharabhanandana‘ taala. They have documented their unique Avadhana art at the University of Hyderabad.
Besides being the toppers of their university in LLB (law) degree, both the sisters followed music as their passion and profession. Both earned 1st rank in ‘Vidwath’ degree in Carnatic Classical Vocal and Violin from the state Government of Karnataka and are “A” graded artists in All India Radio (AIR). They have also earned multiple prestigious senior performer scholarships for music from India’s central government – Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and other private organizations.
Shriranjani is the awardee of prestigious ‘Kalaavathamsa’ award conferred by Gokulam School of Music, Bangalore. She was also awarded fellowship from the Indian Ministry of Culture.
Shruthiranjani is also a versatile violinist, learning currently from Dr. L Subramaniam and she has also been serving as Head of Faculty at Dr. L Subramanim’s SaPa (Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts) institute.
Concerts of Kanchana sisters have been telecasted in Doorsharshan (Govt. of India National television channel), SVBC, Shankara, Udaya and other local TV channels. They have performed thousands of concerts and some of the most prestigious platforms include – Nadopasana Music Foundation in Dombivili Munbai, The South Central Zone in Tanjore and Vishakapattanam, Thirupathi Nadaniranjana Sabha, Mysore Palace, Mysore Gnana Bharathi, Udupi Paryaya concerts at Rajangana, prestigious sabhas of Bangalore, Sangeetha Parishath Mangalore, Cannanore and many prestigious Sangeetha Sabhas across the country.
Apart from rendering classical concerts, Kanchana Sisters are also well versed in the rendition of Bhajans, Ghazals, Dasa sahithya, Vachana, poetic verses etc. They have conceptualized, directed and performed diversified music projects and some of the popular ones include “Vachana Viveka”, “Sri Thyagaraja Seetha Kalyanam”, “Demonstration on Thiruppughal” etc. They are experts in notating poetic verses on the spot and have worked with famous poets such as Shatavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh, Sri Dwaraki Krishnaswami, Sri Korgi Sankaranarayana Upadyaya and such others. They have also performed for Dance music with legends as Smt. Sundari Santhanam (disciple of Smt. Padma Subrahmaniam) and others. The duo have also composed and directed background music for many music albums, dance etc.
Some of the popular albums of Kanchana Sisters are –‘Hanumagiri Panchamukhi Anjaneya Suprabhatha’, ‘Sri Kateel Durgaparameshwari Suprabhatha’, ‘Musical Affection’, ‘Ecstacy’ and other individual audio/videos published on their Youtube Channel.
The duo have received many awards namely – ‘Ananya Yuva Prathibha Puraskara’ from Ananya Bangalore, gold medal from Padmabhushana Dr. D.Veerendra Heggade for their music achievements and many other felicitations by renowned Educational Institutions, Religious Mutts, temples and famous personalities.