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.