Indian Classical musician duo turning guitar heroes on the Internet

Fusing melodies and breaking stereotypes

Freestyle

April 14, 2017

/ By / New Delhi



Redefining the musical arrangements by coupling western instruments with classical Indian ones and shunning stereotypes, these ladies from South India are trending on various social media platforms with their music and fresh attitude.

Learning to play the guitar is no more an interest limited to only youngsters or western music nerds. Two middle-aged Indian women have been vanquishing other viral videos with their guitar prowess. Accompanied by a mridangam, a percussion instrument typically used in classical music from South India, and also other Indian instruments, these ladies are, in an edgy fashion, transforming Indian songs ranging from Bollywood to classical.

Sandhya Raman and Vidya Ashok, siblings and music teachers from Shivamogga district in the South Indian state of Karnataka (that explains the reflection of classical music style in their songs), already have thousands of views on their videos with over 11,450 shares and over 12,000 reactions.

Accomplished players of the guitar, veena, violin, mirdangam and ghatam, they have dedicated some of their music and videos to other famous Indian guitar players who inspired them to fuse the guitar with Indian folk music and also to an NDTV reporter who first published the story.

Their followers are particularly excited and have been showering their best wishes and appreciations on them. Here are some of the comments on their YouTube channel, ‘Sandhya Raman Raman’.

“I don’t have any words to say… amazing Shivamogga sisters…”

“Excellent. Put some more old Kannada melodies on instrument. Hat’s off to all of you.”

“Wow. Superb. I love u aunties. I like the smiles on your faces when finishing.”

“Too good madam. Keep doing such videos. If possible, lessons also.”

“Thanks for uploading. It is inspiring and fun… :)”

“Very nice slides and the sense and everything on the lead… 🙂 Good that you have good rhythm players too…”

Taking YouTube by storm

 

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