The Mandolin Sisters - Live at Le Guess Who? 2016

Throughout the years, the infamous Mandolin sisters have given over two thousand concerts across India and abroad. Siblings Sreeusha and Sireesha honed a captivating, unprecedented take on classical southern Indian movements, generally referred to as Carnatic music.

While the mandolin has been part of folk traditions for many, many generations, fusing its intrinsic sonics with the Carnatic doctrine happened – relatively late – in the 1980s. In other words, the Mandolin Sisters’ prodigious playing treads new ground that's been dormant for longer than we can comprehend.

Recorded by Marc Broer at Le Guess Who? on 12 November 2016 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Recordings made in cooperation with VPRO / Vrije Geluiden.

Photography by Tim van Veen.