Ganesh and Kumaresh – the ace violin duo of Carnatic Music, hit the headlines in1972, with their very first stage appearance at the ages of 7 and 5. Over three decades, the brothers have more than lived up to the promise they showed at that debut, carving a niche for themselves in a field where violin playing has been taken to heights of international excellence by great Carnatic maestros.
The brothers are unique. Their violin technique is impeccable and remarkable – powerful, precise with platinum tonality and incredible virtuosity. Their music is highly creative, vigorous and stretches the seams of aesthetic possibilities. Compositions flow with precision, alacrity and a deep sense of individual interpretation, raga alapanas are essays of mystical originality, rhythmic improvisations swell and descend like cascades of radiance.
They are best known as modern contemporary artists who have done lot of service to “Sastriya Sangitam”. They are creative in their performances and their style includes a unique touch that expresses every emotion in the raga. They have remarkable stage presence and enthrall the audiences with their performances.
Ganesh and Kumaresh are very accomplished musicians who have contributed to the enrichment of Indian style of violin playing. Their style of music bridges the gap between the young and old and opens up fresh ideas and avenues of creativity. By the time they reached their teens they were rubbing shoulders with veterans in musical field.
Ganesh and Kumaresh have recorded for several prestigious music companies.Apart from performing, they also score music for films and dance productions. Their music for the movie “Dance like a Man” and “Chandrikai” is widely appreciated.
Some of their musical productions are ‘Colours of India’, ‘Navarasa’, ‘Shadjam’, ‘Aksharam’, ‘Carnatic Chills’, ‘Expressions’, ‘Samarpan’ and ‘Brahmma’. Their own musical form Raga Pravaham brings out their grasp of the intricacies and aesthetics of the Indian Raga and Thala – the very essence of Indian music.
Trained by their father,Ganesh and Kumaresh completed their hundredth stage appearance before the younger brother was ten years of age.
Awards & Titles
Ganesh and Kumaresh have been honoured as Asthana Vidwans of the Sri Matam of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. They were the youngest violinists to be recognized by All India Radio as “A-top” ranking artistes. Many more accolades and awards made their way in recognition of their mastery. Kalaimamani, Sunaadha Sironmani, Sangeetha Saragnya, Dwaram Venkata Swami Naidu award are only some of the many titles that have been bestowed on them.