The Rudrapatnam Brothers are an Indian Carnatic vocal duo, consisting of brothers R. N. Thyagarajan and R. N. Tharanathan. The brothers come from a family of musicians from Rudrapatna village off the Kaveri banks in Arkalgud Thaluk of Hassan district in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. Vocalist Tiger Varadachariar, on seeing the musical atmosphere there, once claimed that “Rudrapatnam is the Thanjavur of Karnataka”. Music, Veda adhyayana, and studying Sanskrit were integral parts of their family tradition. One review saw the brothers as influenced by their predecessors, describing their music as adhering to the tradition of Carnatic music. They claim influences from Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer and the GNB. They claim the tradition of Saint Thyagaraja Swamy Sishya Parampara in more than one way. Musiri, their guru’s guru belongs to the sishya lineage of Manambuchaavadi Venkatasubbayyar. Sastry was a sishya of Veena Subbanna who was part of the Walajapet sishya parampara and sishya of Mysore Sadasiva Rao. They emphasize the music of Nayaki, Varali, Begada, Mukhari, Sahana, Madhyamavathi and Thodi.


Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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