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Lalitha Chandran of Bombay Sisters no more

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Mysuru: Tributes poured in for Sangita Kalanidhi Lalitha Chandran of the famous Bombay Sisters, who died in Chennai on Tuesday. She was 84.

Lalitha along with her sister C Saroja are popularly known as ‘Bombay Sisters’ in the Carnatic music world. Lalitha is survived by her husband NR Chandra, former advocate general of Tamil Nadu.
Born in Thrissur, Kerala to Mukthambal and N Chidambaram Iyer, the sisters were brought up in Mumbai, then, where their father was working as Electrical Engineer in the Western Railway.

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 the Delhi University by correspondence. During this period the sisters had their early initiation in Carnatic Music, first from their elder sister, Sethu Mahadevan and later from Sri C G Sankaranarayanan and H.A.S. Mani, popularly known as Chellamani Baghavathar, husband of Alamelu Mani. At this period the sisters participated in many competitions and won many prizes and laurels.

Over the years, they shunned money and fame and did not sing for any films. They were inseparable as sisters and music duo. Both have been presented with Padma Shri among other awards.

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