Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Bhatt at Rajarani Music Festival, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Bhatt at Rajarani Music Festival, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Background information
Also known asV. M. Bhatt
Born (1950-07-27) 27 July 1950 (age 70)
OriginJaipur, Rajasthan, India
GenresIndian classical music
Occupation(s)Mohan Veena/slide guitar player
InstrumentsMohan Veena
Years active1965–present
Websitewww.vishwamohanbhatt.in

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt,[1] also known as V. M. Bhatt (born 27 July 1950), is a Hindustani classical music instrumentalist who plays the Mohan veena (slide guitar).[2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Bhatt lives in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, with his wife and two sons.[5] His elder son Salil Bhatt is a Mohan veena player (and also a player of the Satvik veena). Bhatt's parents, Manmohan Bhatt and Chandrakala Bhatt were teaching and performing musicians, who imparted knowledge of music to V.M Bhatt.[6] 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. Guitar duet release with Guitarist Kapil Srivastava (guitarmonk founder)[7] in the year 2016 for the composition "Merry Love Rain."[8] Folk musician Harry Manx, who studied with Salil 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 Bhatt. Australian musician Lawrie Minson also learned Mohan veena from Salil. In October 2018, 19 year old Sukhnidh Kaur accused Vishwa Mohan Bhatt of "harassing" her when he performed at her school. Kaur was 14 year old at that time and was part of the school choir. Bhatt's son, Salil, has denied these allegations.[9][10]

Select discography[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs for a cause - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Make the Mohan Veena,but Inform Us". The Indian Express. 6 July 2006. Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ "'String' Operation: Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, father of Mohan Veena". The Indian Express. 7 January 2009. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  4. ^ "2018". BBC Music Events. Archived from the original on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ Paachak, Piyush (13 November 2005). "My mother still teaches me music". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. Archived from the original on 17 July 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2009.
  6. ^ Ramanath, Renu (18 October 2005). "Reinventing tradition". The Hindu.
  7. ^ "BroadwayWorld". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  8. ^ "DailyNewsOnline". DailyNewsOnline. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Anil Kapoor comes in support of #MeToo movement, calls it fantastic". The Financial Express. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Singer Kailash Kher, Grammy winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt face accusation". The Indian Express. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Omkara: The Sound of Divine Love". Omkara - The Sound of Divine Love. Rupam Sarmah. Archived from the original on 2 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  13. ^ "SNA: Awardees List". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  14. ^ "Year wise list of recipients (1954-2014)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Padma Awards 2017 announced". pib.nic.in. Archived from the original on 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hunt, Ken (Oct. 1994) "A straight Bhatt ... the Grammy-winning, Cooder-collaborating inventor of the Mohan Vina" Folk Roots, Oct. 1994; pp. 42–45

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