The Trichur Brothers bring their knowledge and passion for Carnatic music to a city stage
They may be chartered accountants by profession,but their lives revolve around Carnatic music. The Trichur Brothers who received their title from the 69 th Shankaracharya,Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal,have been pursuing Carnatic music for over 15 years now. We hail from a family which was frequented by musical legends. Our father,Trichur R Mohan,began his career by playing for the legendary Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, says Srikrishna Mohan,one half of Trichur Brothers. Both Srikrishna and Ramkumar will perform in the city on February 26.
Their music association dates back to their childhood days when they would have informal discussions with the musicians who stayed at their home. Our family is a great patron of arts and culture. We hosted several artistes including M S Subhalakshmi and Chembai Bhagavathar. They would stay at our place whenever they visited Trichur. Our first lessons of music were the discussions we had with these great musicians, recalls Ramkumar.
The two brothers were never under pressure to become musicians. For us,music is pleasure. It is the inspiration we have gained from our parents and gurus. Though we were never forced to learn Carnatic music,our parents made sure that we attended our classes regularly, Srikrishna shares with a smile.
They share an easy coordination. Their differences are very few and far between. Though much of it is a secret,we sometimes differ in opinion about performing a bhajan or thillana to end a concert with! says Ramkumar. They’ve found an easy solution. We toss a coin. Whoever wins gets to decide the last song of each performance, adds Srikrishna.
After receiving rave reviews for their first album,Musically Yours,the duo plans to come out with six Carnatic albums before December this year. We are also working on our band,Anubhoothi,which is a blend of east-west fusion, adds Ramkumar.
The Trichur Brothers feel strongly about the lack of music lessons in the Indian education curriculum. Children in India should grow up understanding Indian classical music. But that said,we are happy to see an increase in the number of youngsters at our performances. It is heartening to know that they can differentiate between Husseini and Mukahri, says Srikrishna.
(The Trichur Brothers will perform at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Hall,off Senapati Bapat Road,on February 26 at 5.30 pm)