WOMEX 13 Official Showcase Selection
Masters of the Carnatic violin, the brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh have been performing together for over forty years, having made their public debut in 1972 when Ganesh was seven and Kumaresh was five. They were born in Chennai, one of the main centres of Southern Indian classical music and were trained by their father, Shri T. S. Rajagopalan, himself a well-known violinist. Although steeped in the classical tradition, the brothers' approach is a universal one, allowing for conversations with jazz and western classical music as well as occasional experiments in electronica. They have performed around the world as a duo and in collaborations with artists such as Zakir Hussain, John Mc Laughlin, Trilok Gurtu, Debashish Bhattacharya and Scottish jazz-combo Trio AAB with whom they performed at the Alchemy Festival at London's South Bank in April this year.