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A German music by these Malayali sisters garners reward from… Germans

‘Widmung’, composed by Aanya Mohan and her sister Arunitha Mohan from Thiruvananthapuram, was just lately premiered by the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum on YouTube


Aanya Mohan and her sister Arunitha Mohan from Thiruvananthapuram hardly knew even a phrase of German until a number of months in the past. Now, 16-year previous Aanya has composed a music within the language, which Arunitha has rendered with a diction similar to that of a local German speaker.

The music, ‘Widmung’, was just lately premiered by the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum on YouTube, garnering reward from fairly a number of Germans.


All of it started with Syed Ibrahim, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Kerala and the top of Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum, penning the quantity throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. With the Zentrum’s main goal of selling intercultural relations between Germany and Kerala in variety, he went in search of younger artistes who might compose the music. That was when he got here throughout Aanya and Arunitha, who had already uploaded a number of of their works on-line underneath the band identify ‘Pinky Panther’.

On common love

“Although he requested us to make a music out of this, we didn’t have any thought of the German language or its pronunciation. He translated every of the traces and conveyed what he meant by the observe, based mostly on which I composed the tune. The complete composition took greater than per week. It’s a music on common love. Me and my sister, who’s presently pursuing her MA in Veena from the Swathi Thirunal Music School, have earlier accomplished a number of songs collectively,” says Aanya, a plus one scholar at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Mr. Ibrahim says that one of many key contributions got here from Walter J. Lindner, the German Ambassador to India and an completed musician himself, with 5 albums underneath his belt.

“When Mr. Lindner visited Thiruvananthapuram in March, he occurred to hearken to tough cuts of the music. He advised a change within the lyrics, to make it extra modern. He additionally advised modifications within the pronunciations. He stated that when native audio system hearken to the music, she or he mustn’t get a sense that this was sung by somebody who would not know German. It took 16 recordings to get all of it proper. We additionally didn’t use any digital music as we didn’t wish to exchange any instrumentalist,” says Mr.Ibrahim.

Music video

Vishnu. C.V performed the guitars, Binny Issac the bass and Jophy Chirayath the drums. To create the music video, Aanya and Arunitha’s father, Bobby Mohan, roped in Salman Fariz Navas, a good friend in Germany, to shoot footages from Berlin, which he later edited to suit the music.

To mark World Music Day, the German Ambassador shared the music on his Twitter deal with on Monday morning with the remark: “a pleasant Berlin summer season music to mark this music day.”

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