Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya, the renowned musical duo, popularly known as the ‘Priya Sisters’ have created impressive waves in the sphere of carnatic music in recent years. They are much sought after artists in the contemporary concert scenario. Priya Sisters started learning Carnatic Vocal Music since the age of five under the tutelage. Priya sisters gave their first performance in 1990 in the ‘Spirit of Freedom Concerts’ at New Delhi. They hail originally from Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. .In order to nurture their musical talent, their father shifted base to Chennai.
They learnt many nuances and subtleties of music during the five-year tenure under them including the advice that the singing should be so clear that the listener should be able to notate the entire kriti. Improving their repertoire was a major project and learning, a continuous process.
Busy artists in the national and international circuits, Priya Sisters have traveled widely for concerts in India and abroad, touring countries like U.S.A., Canada, U.K., Mauritius etc. They have performed in a number of prestigious festivals such as the spirit of unity concerts, Duo festival, Festival of Hyderabad, World Tamil conference etc. They were one of the chosen few to have been invited to perform in the 69th and 70th Birthday celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparti. They also had the privilege of performing at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi in the presence of the Former President of India, Sri.R.Venkataraman.
Many well known recording companies have released a number of audio cassettes and compact discs of Priya Sisters. Their albums like ‘In Harmony’, Bhadrachala Ramdas Kritis, Gaanam, Serene Moments, Annamayya Lahari, Giridhara Gopala, Devi Kritis to name a few are in great demand among the listeners. They have also recorded a CD at Portland U.S.A. Their art form is characteristic of the G.N.B. style, with their sruti aligned, attractive, briga-oriented voices lending them ready support to leave an enduring impression on the listener. Priya Sisters are also known for their adherence to tradition as much as their love for tukdas. Priya Sisters are right now taking advanced Pallavi lessons from the King of Pallavis, T.R. Subramanian, who is taking them on an ingenious path of novelty.
They started learning Carnatic music from their father Sri V.V.Subba Ram at an early age. They had their advanced training under the world-renowned duo Kalaimamanis Radha & Jayalakshmi. Presently they are under the scholarly guidance of Prof.T.R.Subramaniam.
Educational Qualification & Sports
For, Shanmukhapriya, a quiet, calm and bold persona, graduated in zoology, music was always a part of her growing years and Haripriya, known to be a Tom-boy, specialised in English Literature and was part of the ‘Under-15 Women’s Cricket Team’! “Our parents insisted that we assimilate good culture and music. Name and fame were the last things we thought of,” says Haripriya.
Awards & Titles
Priya sisters have twice been the recipients of the ‘Best Female Vocalists’ awards of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai. They have also received the M.L.V. memorial award. They have been conferred the titles ‘Sangeeta Sarada’ and ‘Gayani Sironmani’. Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya have received the prestigious ‘Ugadi Purashkar 2000’ from the Madras Telugu Academy for their meteoric rise in the Carnatic Music World.