Their guru was Tiger Varadachariar.
Among their disciples are Sudha Ragunathan, the Mambalam sisters R. Vijayalakshmi and R. Chitra.
The twin brothers were born in a town called Bhavani in 1921. B.V. Raman passed away in 2006. B.V. Lakshmanan passed away in 1996.
B.V. Raman had stopped any public performances after his brother’s death. When the two started to perform together at at 35, they came to be known as the two “gentle giants” adhering to pure tradition, with “no gimmickery”. They have rendered the 4000 verses of the Divya Prabandham composed by the Alwars in praise of Vishnu.
We are grateful that they were able to perform at our Tyagaraja Aradhana for several years.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
B.V. Raman was honoured with Sangeeta Kala Acharya by the Music Academy. There is a B.V. Lakshmanan Memorial Award instituted by the Madras Music Academy for Senior vocalist.
- Vande mAtaram ambikAm – a beautifully rendered shlokam in the name of Devi
- Undated Concert with a HamirKalyani Ragam Tanam Pallavi
- Concert at Sangeethapriya
- Concert including a Brindavanasaranga Ragam Tanam Pallavi
- Rasikas forum
- Sruti magazine (Main feature: describing their life and background)
- Saroj rams website
- The Hindu