Bombay Sisters

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Bombay Sisters
GenresCarnatic music
Occupation(s)Classical Vocalist, Duo singers

The Bombay sisters, C. Saroja (b. 7 December 1936) and C. Lalitha (b. 26 August 1938), are a Carnatic music singing duo.[1]

Early life[edit]

The Bombay Sisters, C. Saroja and C. Lalitha, were born in Trichur, Kerala to Mukthambal and N. Chidambaram Iyer. The sisters were brought up in Bombay. Saroja and Lalitha had their education in the S.I.E.S Matunga, passed their intermediate privately from Bhopal, M.P. and completed their graduation from Delhi University. They had their musical training with H. A. S. Mani, Musiri Subramania Iyer and T. K. Govinda Rao.[2][3]

Concert Performances[edit]

As part of the trend of duo singing in Carnatic music, which started in the 1950s, with performers like Radha Jayalakshmi, and Soolamangalam Sisters,[4] Bombay Sisters have been singing since 1963 when they started with light classical music, subsequently progressing to classical Carnatic music. They sing in multiple languages including Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi.[5] They are also known for promoting young musicians through endowments and scholarships.[6]



  1. Saravanan & Hari Krishnan. "Interview with Bombay Sisters". Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  2. "Bombay sisters in concert". The Hindu. 22 September 2007. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  3. "C Saroja & C Lalita - The Bombay Sisters". Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  4. "Sisters in song". The Hindu. 30 January 2010.
  5. "Concert by Bombay sisters". New Straits Times. 16 February 1994. p. 13. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  6. "Bombay Sisters with their senior students playing Tanpura at Music Academy".
  7. "Padma Awards 2020 Announced".
  8. The Hindu Net Desk (26 January 2020). "Full list of 2020 Padma awardees". The Hindu.
  9. "Bombay Sisters to get Isai Perarignar Award". The Hindu. 11 November 2006. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  10. "Profile - Bombay Sisters". Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  11. "Sheer hard work has brought us this far". The Hindu. 28 September 2007. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
  12. "Sangita Kalanidhi award for Bombay Sisters". The Hindu. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.

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