CHENNAI: With Namami Gange having kick-started on May 13, the trailer for the project’s music video has also been officially accepted by the Government of India. According to Trichur brothers, Ramkumar Mohan and Srikrishna Mohan, the trailer of their music video titled Namami Gange Theme Song was officially uploaded on the Facebook page of the National Mission For Clean Ganga on Wednesday.
“We had heard of the Namami Gange project when we wanted to do a music video and it occurred to us why not on this project. So, we set about making the trailer at Varanasi, which was earlier played at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gujarat this January and was received well. It was then made official on Wednesday. The video will be formally launched soon following which it will be played in all government broadcast channels,” said Srikrishna Mohan.
Ramkumar informed that the video, shooting of which is in progress, will feature the Ganges, how it is polluted and ways to restore it through three songs. One of them is Adi Shankara’s Gangashtakam, which is in Sanskrit and reflects on our culture. The rest are in Hindi, whose lyrics are penned by Vayu Srivatsava. Ramkumar and Srikrishna, who not only came up with the concept of an anthem, also went on to compose tones, which they hope would be liked by listeners.
The brothers have doubled up as the main singers while their father Trichur Mohan accompanies them on the mridangam. A group of 20 musicians will feature in the video, whose visuals would cover the communities on the coast of Ganges starting from its origin — the Gangotri — to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal.
“Trichur brothers, Prashant Techno, and Vedanth Bharadwaj are mainly involved in making the music for the video. We are also a part of Anubhooti, a music band, and would have this anthem as our signature tune,” Ramkumar said.
“We will play this video wherever we perform, even abroad. Although we are from Chennai and the river has little to do with us geographically, we are spiritually connected to it and I am sure the anthem will resonate in anyone who listens to it,” added Ramkumar.