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Echoes of India

Arjun, 19, and Arvind Kumar, 17, of Roslyn Heights, are carrying on the family tradition of singing Carnatic music. Both classical and spiritual, the music is based on religion and its roots are ancient, inspired by Hindu gods and goddesses. In South Indian culture, where the music is enmeshed in daily life — heard over the radio, on television, at temples, weddings and parties — the songs are sacred, akin to prayers.