“Bombay Sisters” C. Saroja and C. Lalitha will receive the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy and preside over the 84th annual conference to be held from December 15, 2010 to January 1, 2011.

A press release said the annual conference and concerts will be inaugurated by Shiv Nadar, Chairman, HCL group. The awards will be conferred on the Sadas, which will be presided over by Nobel laureate Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, on the final day of the conference.

The committee also decided to confer the Sangita Kala Acharya awards on Suguna Varadachari, vocalist, and Rhadha, dance guru. Vocalists Manakkal S. Rangarajan and Parassala Ponnammal will receive the T.T.K. award.

The musicologist award has been conferred upon R. Sathyanarayana. The Pappa Venkataramiah award will be given to violinist Radha Narayanan.

This is only the second time in its history that the Sangita Kalanidhi award is being given to a duo following the 2002 award conferred on the Sikkil sisters.