Kasim and Babu
Kasim and Babu - Profile Of Classical Musicians

Kasim-Babu Brothers are the grandsons and disciples of the renowned Nadhaswaram Maestro Dr.Sheik Chinna Moulana. Today, Kasim-Babu are the front ranking Nadhaswaram artistes and are the torch bearers of Chinnamoulana’s tradition. Kasim and Babu are noted for both the raga alapana and kriti rendering (in gayaki style) especially Dhikhshithar kritis. The brothers are running the School “Saradha Nadhaswara Sangeetha Ashram” founded by Dr.Sheik Chinna Moulana, with the main objective of imparting Nadhaswaram training to younger generation.

The brothers hail from Karavadi Village, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh. They belong to a great family of musicians, a family, which preserved and fostered the art of Nadhaswaram playing for the past 300 years, in Andhra Pradesh. Being blood brothers, they had the rare opportunity of getting trained in this art at a very young age, under one roof; their preceptor being their own maternal grandfather, Dr.Sheik Chinna Moulana.

Kasim, besides his tutelage in Nadhaswaram, also took care to qualify himself academically; He is the proud product of the prestigious St.Joseph’s college Tiruchirappalli, obtaining his B.Sc., (Physics) degree in the year 1982.The brothers have accompanied Dr.Sheik Chinna Moulana for many years, in many of his concerts throughout the length and breadth of India and also in foreign countries.

Kasim-Babu have been presenting duet Nadhaswaram concerts, since the past 20 years. Kasim is a “Top Grade Artiste” and Babu is “A Grade” artiste of All India Radio and Doordharshan. Kasim-Babu visited countries like Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Russia, Germany, France, U.A.E, Finland, Malaysia, United States, Canada and earned accolade in their concerts.

The brothers undertook a three months maiden concert tour of US and Canada during April – June 2006. The initial tour has resulted in sustaining requests for their performances in the subsequent years also and they have become regulars, ever since. The brothers have accompanied their grandfather Dr.Sheik Chinna Moulana in several Audio- cassettes and CDs. They have also released their own duet audio Cassettes and CDs.

Awards & Titles

• The brothers are presently Special Nadhaswaram Artistes of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

• Kasim-Babu have also been honored and appointed as the Asthana Vidhwans of Sri Sharada Peetham of Sringeri Math, by His Holiness Sri Sri Bharati Teertha Mahaswamiji, at Sringeri.

• The brothers were conferred with the title of “Nadhaswara Nadhamani” and appointed as the Asthana Vidhwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt by H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswathy Swamy.

• Kasim won the music scholarship awarded by the Govt., of India as early as in 1984.

• “Kala Saraswathy” Award has been conferred on him by Mother Theresa at Hyderabad in 1987.

• Pongu Tamil Development Trust at Chennai honored Kasim with Gold medal and citation in the year 2002.

• The much-coveted “Kalaimamani” Award was conferred on him by the Govt.of Tamilnadu in Nov.2003 in a function held at Chennai by the Chief Minister of Tamil nadu Selvi. J.Jayalaitha.

• Kasim has been appointed as the member of the Executive Board and Governing body member of South Zone Cultural Center, Thanjavur, by the Govt., of Tamil Nadu.