Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt 03.jpg
Bhatt at Rajarani Music Festival, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Background information
Also known asV. M. Bhatt
Born (1950-07-27) 27 July 1950 (age 68)
OriginJaipur, Rajasthan, India
GenresIndian classical music
Occupation(s)Mohan Veena/slide guitar player
InstrumentsMohan Veena
Years active1965–present

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

Personal life[edit]

Vishwa Mohan lives in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, with his wife and two sons.[3] His elder son Salil Bhatt is a Mohan veena player (and also a player of the Satvik veena). 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.[4] His nephew, Krishna Bhatt, plays the sitar and tabla.

V.M.Bhatt performing in Warsaw, September 2009


Vishwa Mohan 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) [5] in the year 2016 for the composition "Merry Love Rain."[6]

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 Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Australian musician Lawrie Minson also learned Mohan veena from Salil and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Select discography[edit]



  1. ^ "Make the Mohan Veena, but Inform Us". Indian Express. 6 July 2006.
  2. ^ "'String' Operation: Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, father of Mohan Veena". Indian Express. 7 January 2009.
  3. ^ Paachak, Piyush (13 November 2005). "My mother still teaches me music". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India.
  4. ^ Ramanath, Renu (18 October 2005). "Reinventing tradition". The Hindu.
  5. ^ "BroadwayWorld". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ "DailyNewsOnline". DailyNewsOnline. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Omkara: The Sound of Divine Love". Omkara - The Sound of Divine Love. Rupam Sarmah.
  8. ^ "Past Winners Search". Retrieved 2013-12-15.
  9. ^ "SNA: Awardees List". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  10. ^ "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.
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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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