Artiste of the Month - June 2017
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Creator of the Mohan Veena, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has mesmerized the world with his pristine, delicate yet fiery music. Born on 27th July 1952, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt hails from a family of musicians and had his initial training from his elder brother, Shri Shashi Mohan Bhatt.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful Indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod & veena techniques. By changing the strings that were originally used and adding ‘Chikari’ and 8 ‘Tarabs’ (sympathetic strings), he has given his guitar an evolutionary design and shape, and has developed his own style of playing Indian Classical music - a fine combination of ‘Gayaki Ang’ (Vocal style) and ‘Tantrakari Ang’ (Instrumental style). With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide players in the world.
Being a powerhouse performer, Bhatt's electrifying performance always captivates the audience whether in the United States of America, Europe, Gulf countries or his motherland, India. An ‘A-grade’ artist of All India Radio and Television, he has participated in the National programmes of All India Radio and has given exclusive recitals of one hour in the ‘Sangeet Sabhas’ of Radio Sangeet Sammelan. He has given numerous lectures and demonstrations around the world and has numerous CDs and cassettes to his credit.
A disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar since 1983, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has had accolades and honours heaped upon him. These include the Padma Bhushan (2017), Padmashree (2002), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1998) and the Grammy (1994).