Born in 1930 and 1940 in Sikkil, Tamil Nadu, Shrimati Venkata- raman Kunjurnani and Shrimati Natesan Neela — popularly known as the Sikkil Sisters — studied flute in the Thanjavur sampradaya with Shri A. Narayanswamy Iyer and their father Shri A. Natesa Iyer. A popular flute duo, the Sikkil Sisters have to their credit many successful recitals in India and abroad. They have issued several gramophone records and cassettes. Besides honours from Sabhas, they received the title of Kalaimamani from the Tamil Nadu Eyal Isai Nataka Manrarn in 1973. Shrimati V. Kunjumani has taught a number of students including Shrimati N. Neela herself. Shrimati V. Kunjumani and Shrimati N. Neela receive the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for their contribution to Carnatic instrumental music.