Dec 6, 2010

December Season 2010


Check out our concert schedule for this season updated in our website

Musically Yours,
Trichur Brothers

Aug 20, 2010

The 72 Melakartha Ragas

This is one of the most basic lessons taught to any Carnatic Music student, or is it? I am not sure, but, yes definitely any student of our system of music must get educated about this at least within a year or two after commencement of training. I mentioned that this is a basic lesson, but comprehending and internalizing these 72 ragas is not a joke by any means. A musician’s Swara Jnana will be put to test without any mercy. To theoretically grasp the significance is one thing but it’s an entirely different ball game when it comes to bringing out its nuances in practice. However, the first step is to understand the science in theory.

The 72 melakartha system, is simply unique, unparalleled and the most COMPREHENSIVE system there was, there is and there ever will be. These ragas contain the summum bonum of anything that can be called Music. Any permutation and combination of notes audible to the human ear will have its source traced back to the Melakartha.

Carnatic music has classified the swaras into:

Sa – Shadjam
Ri- Rishabham
Ga- Gandharam
Ma- Madhyamam
Pa- Panchamam
Da- Daivatham
Ni- Nishadam

This is of course popularly known as the Saptha Swras. The Saptha Swaras are further divided and I am listing it down here:

This is the adhara Shadjam or the Shruthi in which we sing

a. Shudha Rishabham

b. Chathushruthi Rishabham

c. Shatshruthi Rishabham

a. Shudha Gandharam

b. Sadharana Gandharam

c. Anthara Gandharam

a. Shudha Madhyamam

b. Prathi Madhyamam


a. Shudha Daivatham

b. Chathushruthi Daivatham

c. Shatshruthi Daivatham

a. Shudha Nishadham b Kaishiki Nishadham

c. Kakali Nishadham

It must be practically demonstrated for one to understand and appreciate the classification of the Swaras. However to start with, this represents the different notes within a particular octave (from Adhara Shadjam to Melsthayi Sa that is).

The Shadjam and Panchamam are eternal and unshakeable, so to say, they represent Godhead. The revered sage of Kanchi, Shri Paramacharya refers to this point while He explains the meaning of the charanam in the famous Thyagaraja krithi Nadathanumanisam. There is a line in the charanam which starts with “Sathyojyathadhi Pancha Vakthraja”, which means the swaras have originated from the five heads of Siva. However, the Sage noted that if we ascribe one swara to each head, then there could be only five and not seven swaras!!! The Sage further observed that this is because Sa and Pa were ever present or eternal and did not have to be created. The remaining five swaras came out of Parameswara’s five heads. This is also the reason why we start the music class with Sa Pa Sa , every other note is contained within this.

However, I am planning to write more about the Melakartha system in the near future. The system, once understood, can be of immense help to identify ragas , to attain proficiency in Swara Jnanam and Swara Singing, and it could open up endless space of creative brilliance for any musician, notwithstanding which genre of music he belongs to.

Warm Regards,
Srikrishna Mohan (Trichur Brothers)

Aug 4, 2010

Shri Thyagaraja Jayanthi Festival at Trichur


On behalf of our academy and on behalf of our dad, Shri Trichur R Mohan, i would like to inform and invite you for the Thyagaraja Jayanthi festival at Trichur that will be held from the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. The venue is Neeranjali Hall in the vicinity of the famous Trichur Round.

We have some popular artistes participating. The inaugaral concert is by the Rudrapatnam Brothers and we have Shri TN Seshagopalan, Shri Kadri Gopalnath, Ganesh Kumaresh and Sankaran Namboothiri for the rest of the days. Up and coming artistes will also grace the occassion. Students and devotees will also be given opportunities to express their devotion to Sadguru Thyagaraja Swami by rendering His immortal krithis.

A new venture we have attempted in this year's festival is to involve youngsters to participate, by inviting leading educational establishments to be part of the function. We have introduced a Quiz competition on the Life and Works of  Thyagaraja Swami, and students from leading schools in Trichur are participating in this. This will be held on Sunday.

On Sunday morning we will have an Unchavrutti that will begin at 6.30AM followed by Pancharathnam rendition at the Auditorium. The festival will conclude with Shri Anjaneya Uthsavam.

I once again invite all of you to be there and enjoy the bliss of Sathguruji's bhakthi that sprang out as the legendary musical compositions that we are accustomed to.  Lets all try and make it as spiritual and colorful as possible (Kriya Kalabha Bhakthi as they say).

Jai Sitaram.
Trichur Brothers

PS: Please mail me in case you want a brochure of the events.

Audio and Video now available @

Dear Rasikas and Well Wishers,

Check out our website. we have provided a free download of "Varugalamo" . This is a recording of our concert at Mumbai last year. Also, there is a sample audio provided from our maiden album, " Musically Yours".

Music is life
Trichur Brothers.

Jul 26, 2010

Website status


26th July 2010, Monday.

The work on the website is nearly done and we must have the videos and audios by the end of this week. On the audio front we are planning to put in some recordings of our live concerts for free download.


trichur brothers.

Jul 13, 2010

Visit our website

Hi all,

We have come out with our website. Of course there is still lot of work to be done, like getting in the videos and the audios.

the address is

Warm Regards,
Trichur Brothers.

Jun 17, 2010

Concerts update

Jai Ho,

Date: 27th June,
Dayanand Ashram, Anakaati, Coimbatore

Date: 28th June,
Guruvayoor Srikrishna Temple, Melpathoor Auditorium( hall just outside the temple entrance)
Time: 7.00pm
Violin: Viju S Anand
Mridangam: Trichur R Mohan.

May 14, 2010

Article in The Hindu

Bonjour friends,

checkout our concert review that appeared this morning. Have pasted the link below.


May 7, 2010

Trichur Brothers Podcast.

Hi All,

Please follow the link to listen to our podcast that has been uploaded in the Cleveland Aradhana website.

Great job by our interviewer Savithri. I am sure she took lots of pain to mix and edit a nearly 3 hours conversation into a 10 mins track. As usual, feel free to comment :-)

Apr 10, 2010

Concert at Chicago

Organised by AKSHAYA MUSIC ACADEMY, Schaumburg, Illinois

Date: 15th April



Contact for tickets: (847) 991-3452 / (847) 858-2370 / (248) 224-6694

Latest Update


We are now scheduled to leave for Toronto tomorrow. Looking forward to meeting friends and rasikas there. And we are performing there on the 17th, Saturday. I wonder if time and weather would permit us to be at the Niagra falls. Hopefully :-)

Chalo then.

Srikrishna Mohan.

Apr 7, 2010

Update Time

Hello all,

Time to update. We are having a great time here at Cleveland. So far we performed  at San Diego for the Indian Fine Arts Society and we had our concert at Cleveland for the Aradhana day before yesterday. We are scheduled to leave for Toronto on the 11th, provided we get our visas. Meanwhile lot of organisations want us to perform at Chicago, NewYork, Philadelphia, Bay Area etc. However, this seems to be difficult, given the short notice and also because we cannot extend our tour.

Its really been a nice experience over the past few days to mingle with artistes, share views, opinions, and of course listen to some wise cracks. However, all of us are already missing India very badly. Will be back home at the earliest.

Best Regards,

Mar 29, 2010

One more video made available

Hi all,

the above link ivideo leads you to a video upload on youtube. this is again a piece from our karkala concert.

Nama Sivaya.

Mar 19, 2010

Video clipping of Concert at Karkala, near Manglore

Namaskaram everybody,

I am pasting the youtube link of our concert at Karkala. the place was one of its kind in the sense, that the entire venue was lit with mud lamps, with a pond in the centre. Have a look. The entire concert DVD must be available next month.

Musically Yours,
Srikrishna Mohan.

Mar 8, 2010

Concert at Nanganallur

Date: March 10th, Wednesday
Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Shri Krishna Bhaktha Jana Sabha, MMTC. Colony, Nanganallur , Chennai
Violin: Bombay Anand
Mridangam: Trichur R Mohan
Ghatam: Venkat

one more announcement. By the grace of Bhagvan Rama, we are performing in the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana this year. We are also performing at a few other venues in the US. Will update the schedule as early as possible. We will be there in the US from March 24th upto April 18th.

Yours Musically,
Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan.

Feb 17, 2010

Month of February

February 21st:
Sabha: Hamsavinodhini
Venue: West Mambalam
Violin: MA Sundaresan
Mridangam: Trichur R Mohan
Ghatam: Venkat

February 27th:
Shastreeya Sangeetha Sabha, Karkala (53kms from Manglore)
Violin: Edapally Ajith Kumar
Mridangam: Trichur R Mohan
Ghatam: Venkat

Febraury 28th:
Concert at Kasargod
Venue: Sree Purandaradasa Sangeetha Kala Mandiram
(Exclusively Thyagaraja Swami, Shri Purandara Dasar and Shri Muthiah Bhagavathar compositions)
Violin: Edapally Ajith Kumar
Mridangam: Trichur R Mohan
Ghatam: Venkat

Jan 5, 2010

A new venture at Nadha Sudha


I am late to inform you about this concert, but better late than never. We will be performing a concert that is titled as "Anubhoothi". This is a new kind of attempt where we are combining guitar, keyboard and Kerala percussion in addition to the normal set of instruments one finds on a carnatic stage. Please be there to enjoy.

The concert is this evening.

Venue: Sachidananda Ashram, Velachery
Time: 6.30 pm, Date: 5th Jan 2010.

The hall is located in Baby Nagar, which is a left from the main road and is a km away from TCS office. Once you hit Baby Nagar, the direction boards will be there.

Also I take the opportunity to wish you all a belated New Year on behalf of my dad and brother as well.

Hari Om.