Nagaraj and Manjunath popularly known as the "Mysore brothers" returned from their hectic US tour where they gave duet violin performances and lecture-demonstrations. Both the brothers learnt under their father Mysore Mahadevappa, the retired head of the department of violin, Mysore. At 14 Nagaraj received "best violinist Award" from the prestigious Madras Music academy and was given a gold medal. Today Nagaraj and Manjunath are among a handful of "A Top" All India Radio artistes.
Long associated with the doyen of Bharatanatyam, Rukmini Devi, and privileged to be the second student to graduate from Kalakshetra (the first being Radha Burnier), Sarada Hoffman, now at 73, is the first recipient of the Rukmini Devi Medal for Excellence in the Arts from the The Centre for Contemporary Culture, New Delhi.