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Musical Achievements Over the Years
- The Iyer Brothers

Gopinath Iyer - Veena Maestro in Melbourne
Ramnath Iyer - Veena player in Melbourne, Australia
Indian stringed instrument - the Veena

Since 1994, the Iyer brothers have been captivating audiences in Australia and abroad, performing at renowned venues such as the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui (1995), the Australian Institute of Eastern Music in Sydney (1997, 1999), and the Port Fairy Folk Festival (1999).


They've also taken their talents to international stages, including SIFAS in Singapore (1998) and the ACT National Multicultural Festival in Canberra (1998). Supported by grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria, they've released audiocassettes and CDs, with standout titles like 'Soulful Strings' and 'Sound of Tradition' featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National channel.


Their journey is a testament to their musical prowess and dedication to preserving tradition.

Veena musician Gopinath Iyer
Veena musician Ramnath Iyer


The brothers commence Veena training under the tutelage of Vidushi Shrimathi Rajagopalan


They embark on a transformative musical journey under the guidance of Shri R. Pichumani Iyer


Establish the Pichumani School of Carnatic Music - learn more about the school here


Gopinath participates with the renowned violin maestro Dr. L Subramaniam in a workshop, during the Asia Pacific Festival in Wellington, New Zealand

  • The brothers commence performing as a duo, captivating esteemed audiences worldwide

  • They start featuring annually in the December music festival in Chennai, India



Ramnath starts serving as a peer specialist in Indian Music for the Australia Council

  • The duo become disciples of veena maestro Trivandrum Sri R.Venkataraman

  • They commence training in vocal music under Vidhushi Smt Rama Ravi



Ramnath serves as adjudicator for Veena at the third biennial Indian music competition held in Singapore by the National Arts Council of Singapore


Awarded the "A" grade by All India Radio and Doordarshan


The brothers receive the “Multicultural Award for Excellence - Contribution to Arts” from the Premier of the State of Victoria, Australia, Mr John Brumby

  • The duo feature in All India Radio's Sangeet Sammelan concerts in Mumbai

  • They are invited to participate in the Cleveland Tyagaraja Festival in Cleveland, USA



The brothers establish the annual Veena Festival in Melbourne, Australia, showcasing the glory of veena music through performances by young, upcoming & established artists from Australia & overseas

  • Perform in Jaffna & Colombo

  • Record for Rupavahini Television & the SriLankan Broadcasting Corporation



Perform at Melbourne Recital Centre's 10th anniversary (broadcasted live by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Classic FM)


Concerts in Penang and Kualalumpur


  • The Iyer brothers celebrate 50 years of their musical journey with a concert “Our Journey” along with 5 of their senior disciples at the prestigious Melbourne Recital Centre

  • They also feature on the ABC News Breakfast TV show

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