‘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 couple of months in the past. Now, 16-year outdated Aanya has composed a song within the language, which Arunitha has rendered with a diction corresponding to that of a local German speaker.
The song, ‘Widmung’, was just lately premiered by the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum on YouTube, garnering praise from fairly a couple of Germans.
It all started with Syed Ibrahim, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Kerala and the top of Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum, penning the quantity through the COVID-19 lockdown. With the Zentrum’s major goal of selling intercultural relations between Germany and Kerala in form, he went on the lookout for younger artistes who might compose the song. That was when he got here throughout Aanya and Arunitha, who had already uploaded a couple of of their works on-line below the band identify ‘Pinky Panther’.
On common love
“Though he requested us to make a song out of this, we didn’t have any concept of the German language or its pronunciation. He translated every of the traces and conveyed what he meant by the monitor, primarily based on which I composed the tune. The whole composition took greater than every week. It is a song on common love. Me and my sister, who’s at present pursuing her MA in Veena from the Swathi Thirunal Music College, have earlier accomplished a couple of songs collectively,” says Aanya, a plus one pupil 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 below his belt.
“When Mr. Lindner visited Thiruvananthapuram in March, he occurred to hearken to tough cuts of the song. He steered a change within the lyrics, to make it extra up to date. He additionally steered modifications within the pronunciations. He mentioned that when native audio system hearken to the song, she or he shouldn’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 need to substitute any instrumentalist,” says Mr.Ibrahim.
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 pal in Germany, to shoot footages from Berlin, which he later edited to suit the song.
To mark World Music Day, the German Ambassador shared the song on his Twitter deal with on Monday morning with the remark: “a pleasant Berlin summer time song to mark this music day.”