For those who strive to classify their music, the band, by its own confession, does not follow a specific genre. Explaining the diversity in their 16-member band, Mithun Raju, the lead guitarist, says, “It would be hard to sing a song from our album or performance and tell someone this is Thaikkudam Bridge. We bring 16 musical inspirations and backgrounds to the stage. So as for a description on our sound, the best word would be diverse.”
Thaikkudam Bridge was formed by cousins Siddharth Menon (vocals) and Govind Menon (violin). The band rose to fame through their performances in Music Mojo, a musical show telecast in Kappa TV. Emphasising on how the show helped the band, Mithun says, “The show Music Mojo helped the band a lot. If it was not for this television program, Govind and Siddharth would not have made calls for the original lineup.”
The band has seven vocalists – Siddharth Menon, Vipin Lal CK, Nila Madhav Mohapatra, Krishna Bongane, Peethambaran Menon, Christine Jose Vadasseril and Anish Krishnan. Apart from these seven, the band has Govind Menon (violin), Ashok Nelson (rhythm guitars), Vian Fernandes (bass guitars), Anish TN (drums) and Ruthin Thej (keyboards). They are accompanied by three sound engineers Rajan KS, Amith Bal and Hemanth K.
Expecting a wild crowd for their debut gig in the city of Nizams, Mithun says that the band is excited to play in India’s oldest cultural hub.
When asked about what they think of the city Mithun says, “We certainly do not think it would be justice for us to comment on such a rich culture of Deccani Tehzeeb with our limited knowledge as its our first performance there. But we hope to get more opportunities and encouragement showered by you.”
The band is currently on a break from composing new tracks due to the promotions of their latest album Navarasam. “By promotion, we mean playing music live and shooting videos and other stuff our wacky heads in the team come up with,” adds Mithun. The band recently concluded a video shoot with renowned Bollywood director Bejoy Nambiar (Wazir & Shaitan).
After Hyderabad, the band will cruise to Goa from where they would fly for their concerts in America and Canada in May 2016. Thaikkudam Bridge will be performing in BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus today from 8 pm. Tickets are available for `300 per head on bookmyshow.com
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