Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Background information
Also known as V. M. Bhatt
Born (1950-07-27) July 27, 1950 (age 63)
Origin Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Genres Indian classical music
Occupations Mohan Veena/Slide Guitar Player
Instruments Mohan Veena
Years active 1965–present
Website Official site
Notable instruments
Mohan Veena (Modified slide guitar), Vishwa Veena (Modified slide guitar)

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt also known as V. M. Bhatt (born July 12, 1950) is Grammy-winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist who plays the Mohan Veena (slide guitar).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Vishwa Mohan lives in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, with his wife and two sons.[2] His elder son Salil Bhatt is a renowned Mohan veena player (and also a player of the Satvik veena), whose album Slide to Freedom Part II was nominated for the Canadian JUNO AWARD, while his younger son Saurabh Bhatt is a well known composer. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's grandson Satvik Bhatt is also a musician and a Limca Book Of World Record holder for being world's youngest Mohan Veena Player at the age of 3 and a half years and also for identifying 45 ragas at the age of 3 and a half years. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's parents late Manmohan Bhatt and late Chandrakala Bhatt were also teaching and performing musicians who imparted knowledge of music to V.M Bhatt.[3] His nephew, Krishna Bhatt, plays the sitar and tabla.

V.M.Bhatt performing in Warsaw, September 2009

Career[edit]

Bhatt is best known for his Grammy award winning album A Meeting by the River with Ry Cooder released on Water Lily Acoustics label. He is also known for other fusion and pan-cultural collaborations with Western artists such as Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas. Exposure such as an appearance on the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival, organized by Eric Clapton, allows his playing to reach a larger audience.

Folk musician Harry Manx, who studied with Salil Bhatt and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt for five years, plays a Mohan Veena. Counting Crows' Bassist Matt Malley also plays a Mohan Veena and is a student and friend of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Australian Musician Lawrie Minson also learnt Mohan Veena from Salil and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

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