Mohan Sithara
Born1959 (age 62–63)
OriginThrissur, Kerala, India
Died12 July 2021
Occupation(s)Music director
InstrumentsViolin, Harmonium
Years active1986–present

Mohan Sithara is an Indian music composer. He received the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Music Director (2009) for the songs in Priyanandan's Soofi Paranja Kadha.[1] Since 1986 he has been an active musician in the Malayalam film industry. His work mixes Western, Classical and folk styles. He has worked with lyricists and poets like O. N. V Kurup, Yusufali Kechery, Sreekumaran Thampi, Rajeev Alunkal, Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri, S. Ramesan Nair, Vinayan, Bharanikkavu Sivakumar, Anil Panachooran, Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma, Gireesh Puthenchery, and Bichu Thirumala. Many prominent singers have sung his songs, including K. J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran, M.G.Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra, Shreya Ghoshal, Sujatha Mohan, Madhu Balakrishnan, G. Venugopal, Vidhu Prathap, Afsal, Manjari, Jyotsna Radhakrishnan, and Biju Narayanan.

Early life

Mohan Sithara was born at Peruvallur, near Chavakkad, Thrissur, Kerala, India, in 1959. He started his music career as violinist in some music troupes, one of which was Sithara troupe (from which he took the name Mohan Sithara). Later he worked with various music composers including M. G. Radhakrishnan, Shyam, and Perumbavoor G. Raveendranath. He did orchestration for the film Thoovanathumbikal with Perumbavoor G. Raveendranath, which led to several hit songs. His first work as independent music director in the Malayalam film industry was the film Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare (From One to Zero), for which he composed the song "Raree Rareeram Raro" (it was also the first song for G. Venugopal).

Filmography

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Highlight songs

Awards

State Film Critics Award

State Film Critics Award

Mathrubhumi Medimix Film Award 1999

Film Fare Award 2000

AVT Grihalakshmi T V Award 2006

Annual Malayalam Movie Award 2009, UAE

Ravindran Award 2009

Kerala State Film Awards 2009

Personal life

He is married to Beena and has two children. His elder child, Mobina, sang a few songs directed by him and now she is married. His son, Vishnu, is an upcoming Music Programmer. Vishnu has already composed a few albums and has been assisting senior composers in orchestration.

References

  1. ^ "The melody maker".