THE VOICES of Raagam Sisters are sweet and expressive blending well with remarkable clarity of sangathis, both slow and fast. Sivaranjani and Nalinakanthi, voices are also different from each other. Sivaranjani has a soft and malleable voice while Nalinakanthi has a sharp one with a nasal tone to it. But they blend well during their presentation. A slew of clearly articulated Tamil compositions rendered by Ragam Sisters grabbed the listeners’ attention.
A resolution to push the envelope, bolstered by the confidence that comes from diligent preparation and offset by a clutch of rarely heard compositions, lifted the Ragam Sisters’ (Sivaranjani and Nalinakanthi) concert above run-of-the-mill presentations. Notably, a slew of clearly articulated Tamil compositions grabbed attention.
Ragam Sisters exhibit a slightly high pitched tonal quality that could cruise through the tara sthayi sancharas with certain comfort without much exertion. But frequent jab on the notes and phrases above nishada after a point sound stale and strained. Because of this, Nalinakanti’s account of raga Lalitha sounded just sonorous without soul.