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.
His elder son Salil Bhatt is a renowned [3 ] 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. His nephew, [4 ] Krishna Bhatt, plays the sitar and tabla.
V.M.Bhatt performing in Warsaw, September 2009
Bhatt is best known for his Grammy award winning album
with A Meeting by the River 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.
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.
Select discography [ edit ]
Guitar A La Hindustan, Magnasound (India) 1992 -
Saradamani, Water Lily Acoustics 1993 -
Gathering Rain Clouds, Water Lily Acoustics 1993 -
(with A Meeting by the River Ry Cooder), Water Lily Acoustics 1995 -
Bourbon & Rosewater (with Jerry Douglas & Edgar Meyer), Water Lily Acoustics 1995 -
(with Mumtaz Mahal Taj Mahal & N. Ravikiran), Water Lily Acoustics 1996 -
Saltanah (with Simon Shaheen), Water Lily Acoustics 1996 -
(with Tabula Rasā Béla Fleck & Jie-Bing Chen), Water Lily Acoustics 1996 -
Sounds of Strings, Music today, India 2002 -
Indian Delta (with Sandeep Das), Sense World Music, U.K. 2008 -
Mohan's Veena, Times Music, India 2010 -
Desert Slide, Times Music, India 2010 -
Mohan's Veena II, Times Music, India 2011 -
Groove Caravan, Deeksha Records, Canada 2012- "Morning Mist", Bihaan Music, Kolkatta, India
2014 - OMKARA - The Sound of Divine Love (with
Rupam Sarmah) [5 ] 2015-"Vishwa Ranjini"-Bihaan Music, Kolkatta, India
References [ edit ]
"Unfortunately classical music audience is decreasing: Grammy award winner Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt". FacenFacts.
"Grammy Award Winner Maestro Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Talks About His Early Upbringing and His Passion for Classical Music". India New England. October 2014.
"Classical music for classes not masses: Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 31 October 2013.
Taneja, Nikhil (27 February 2010). "Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt felicitated". Hindustan Times.
David, Stephen (31 December 1996). "I treat all human beings equally, especially ladies: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt". India Today.
"The Instrumental Artistry of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt". Stephen Grossman's Guitar Workshop.
"Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt of Panchtatva". Hybiz TV (Hyderabad, India).
"Music for Peace and Love - Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on Sun 9th November 2014". Skiddle.
"Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in Oxford". Asian Lite (Manchester, UK). 29 October 2014.
Booth, Paul. "Music Mondays: Part 1 — Vishwa Mohan-Bhatt". Influx Magazine.
"The Music of the Mohan Veena with Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt". Berklee College of Music.
"String theory: Taking Indian music to the world". Hindustan Times. 3 December 2014.
Zacharias, Adam (22 January 2015). "Harmonic vibes come alive in the city". City Times.
Arnold, Alison, ed. (2000). . New York: Garland Publishing. p. 466. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: South Asia : the Indian subcontinent (Volume 5) ISBN 0-8240-4946-2.
Qamar, Saadia (6 December 2010). "Tansen's legacy lives on". The Express Tribune.
"Grammy award winner Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt casts a spell". Atlanta Dunia.
Nichol, Alan (5 November 2014). "Vishwa Mohan Bhatt plays Sage Gateshead this week in a rare UK performance". Chronicle.
"Pop is temporary, classical music is permanent". Rediff.com.
"Music: A Magical Mix of Indian Traditional, Canadian Blues, and American Roots". Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Rajan, Anjana (13 July 2012). "Generations at play!". The Hindu.
External links [ edit ]