Trichur Brothers’ sincere and seamless rendition

Trichur Brothers, Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan, performing at The Music Academy’s December Festival 2018

Trichur Brothers, Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan, performing at The Music Academy’s December Festival 2018   | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

Trichur Brothers can enhance the appeal of their music by avoiding overindulgence in swaras

Trichur Brothers — Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan — have worked hard to reach where they are today. Their vocal prowess and distinct style of presenting ragas and compositions have aided them in their musical journey.

At their concert at The Music Academy, the siblings concentrated on two ragas — Thodi and Brindavanasaranga. Only these two ragas were explored. During raga expositions, shared by the brothers, their voices complemented each other. Every little nuance of Thodi was showcased that revealed the grandeur of the raga. Tyagaraja’s not-so-often-heard ‘Enduku dayaraadura’ was their choice and the niraval at ‘Tyagaraja vinuta taraka charita’ carried both piety and poise. There was a surge of swaras at this point.

Following the well-executed thani by Trivandrum G. Babu (mridangam), N. Rajaraman (ghatam) and V. Sai Subramaniam (morsing), it was time for RTP. A slow and mellow Brindavanasaranga alapana by Srikrishna quickly assumed colour and vigour in Ramkumar’s deep voice. The duo alternated between phrases of the raga, which came with a strong Hindustani flavour.

Bouquet of ragas

The raga portion got a bit overstretched than the tanam and pallavi segments. The pallavi ‘Brindavanasaranga bhooloka vaikunta’ set in Khandajathi Triputa also came with a surfeit of swaras.

The concluding segment was a bouquet of ragas such as Saranga, Varali, Behag, Saveri, Subhapantuvarali, Kapi, Valaji, Hamsanandi, etc., figuring in the ragamalika swaras of RTP and in the viruttam that followed and concluded with a Malayalam melody ‘Narayaneeyamam’ in raga Kharaharapriya.

The brothers also packaged in their line-up the once popular, ‘Vathapi ganapatim’, ‘Ranganayagam’ in Nayaki (both by Dikshitar) and ‘Devadeva kalayami’ in Mayamalavagowla (Swati Tirunal). Both ‘Vathapi’ and ‘Devadeva’ too came with a deluge of swaras. Swara shots may bring applause (it did at this concert), but overindulgence can be tedious. Trivandrum N. Sampath supported the duo on the violin with composure.

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