D. Raghavachari and D. Seshachari, popularly known as Hyderabad Brothers, are a singing duo and exponents of Carnatic music. They are popularly known as Hyderabad brothers because of their long association with the city.
Vidwan RaghavaChari and Vidwan SeshaChari belong to a family of traditional classical musicians. They got their initial formal training from their father Daroor Ratnamacharyulu. Their mother Daroor Sulochana Devi was also a carnatic classical musician. As a couple the parents of SeshaChari and RagavaChari presented regular recitals in Yadagiri Gutta. SeshaChari and RaghavaChari`s family originally belonged to Hayathnagar but later, the family moved to Yakutpura where RaghavaChari and SeshaChari were born. RaghavaChari further developed his musical prowess under the tutelage of Susarla Sivaram at the Government College of Music and Dance in Hyderabad.
- Hyderabad Brothers over the years have performed in various reputed musical forums in India including All India Radio and Doordarshan.
- They have also participated in AIR Sangeetha Sammelan, Spirit of Unity Concerts (TV), Central Production Centre (CPC), Television and Doordarshan National Network Programs.
- The Hyderabad Brothers have at least 50 musical CDs and cassettes to their credit.
- Besides numerous performances in India, they have also performed in countries like USA, Canada, Australia, and Qatar.
- His disciples Sri N Ch Parthasarathy, SMT SangeethaKala, SMT RajyaLakshmi are a famous performing artists.
Sri Seshachari’s is known for his more robust, deep and resonant singing, and Raghavachary’s rendition is known to be mellow and soft in comparison. Hyderabad Brothers themselves have an appeal for connoisseurs for their wonderfully synchronised singing and individual styles which complement each other perfectly. Their grip over the Shruti, laya (tempo) and sahitya Bhava is known to be remarkable and their repertoire wide and varied. Their concerts are often considered imaginative and full of vigor. Their musical skills and style are often compared to that of the legendary Alathur Brothers by their fans. Ramesh Hariharan is among the many prominent musicians who have received formal training from Hyderabad Brothers. Hyderabad Brothers have a distinct style of musical rendition and voice timbre which mutually blends well with each other leaving a soothing impact on the listeners. Their rendering of kritis is highly attractive and their neraval and kalpana swaras have a measured precision. Owing to their excellent diction, they’re able to retain the Sahityabhava of the compositions. The brothers are in great demand wherever pure classical music in enjoyed and have toured many countries.
- Early in their career, they received the Best Young Talent Award in 1977 and 1978 by the Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, Hyderabad.
- The Madras Music Academy honoured them as the best vocalists for three consecutive years — 1990, 1991, and 1992.
- In 1993, The Music Academy presented them the Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Award for the best rendering of rare Thyagaraja kritis.
- They were also honoured by the prestigious Krishna Gana Sabha as Best Vocalists in 1988, 1990 and 1991.
- In 1992, Samthe duo were nominated as aasthana vidwans of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham to mark the 58th birthday of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.
- In 2011 they were bestowed with the ‘Senior Outstanding Vocalists’ award by the s Music Academy in Chennai.
- In 2012, the Hyderabad brothers were felicitated with the Kalarathna award from the government of Andhra Pradesh.
- To recognize their contribution to the Indian classical music they were conferred the title Sangeetha Choodamani by the Indian community in Austin, Texas. And in 2017, they are awarded with ‘Sapthagiri sangeetha Vidhwan Mani’ by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam.