Mohan Sithara is a Malayalam music composer who made his debut into movie world in 1986. Since his childhood, he was deeply interested in music. At the age of 14, he became an expert violinist, and he began his music career as a violinist. He joined a music troupe ‘Mohan Sithara’ and got his name credited as Mohan Sithara too later in his career. Later he engaged himself playing violin with leading music composers such as M G Radhakrishnan, Shyam, etc. He even played orchestra in music composer Perumbavoor G Raveendranath’s film ‘Thoovanathumbikal’ which became a hit.
As an independent music director the first film for which Mohan Sithara composed music was ‘Onnu Muthal Poojyam Vare’ and still a famous song from this film ‘
Raree Rareeram Raro’ remains a hummable one even today. The essence of his every composition is always a melody tune. He always prefers to give a touch of melody to every tune he composes. He does not understand how he visualizes his song composition but always feels that notes always float in his head, and they gradually shape up as music sheets.
Mohan Sithara has never composed any music for any film thinking that the song would ever become a chartbuster. But as he enjoys melodious tunes, the tune surfaces in his head and mind, and he gets into a mood to compose a hearty music. The composer has spent over three decades in the music industry but still he feels that he is a student of music. He makes it a point to listen to the works of many veteran music composers too as this makes him learn something even from their compositions.
Mohan Sithara wants to remain in touch with trendy music too hence this is the one reason he admits that many of his compositions does have a western style of music too. He chose to give a western flavor to many of his songs just because children prefer Western music a lot. Besides keeping in mind the younger generation’s preference, he also feels that today’s musicians should borrow what is good in East and West. He thinks about the musical situation in a movie and feels the music has to blend with the kind of scenes that is needed in the movie.
Mohan Sithara has adapted classical and Carnatic music too in his musical compositions. Singers like K. J. Yesudas, P. Jayachandran, K. S. Chithra,
Sujatha Mohan, Madhu BalakrishnanJyotsna Radhakrishnan, Swarnalatha, Sheelamani,
Biju Narayanan and many other singers have sung for his compositions. He has received theSstate Film Critics Award twice and one Filmfare award for his composition. In the year 2000, he received Kerala State Film Award for the Best Music Director for the film ‘Sufi Paranja Katha’.
Mohan Sithara is married to Beena and has two children. His daughter Mobina has sung some songs for music that was directed by him and she is married. His son is an upcoming music composer and came out with some musical albums too.