Vishwamohan Bhatt - Maestro's Choice

Posted By MiOd On Monday, October 21, 2013 Under
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (b. Rajasthan, India, 1952) is an exponent of Hindustani music (North Indian classical music). Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is one of the most celebrated shishyas (disciples) of the Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar. Born in Jaipur in Rajasthan in July 1952, he is the younger brother of Shashi Mohan Bhatt; who was one of the first three students to study with Shankar circa 1949/50, and the father of sitarist Krishna Mohan Bhatt. Much of his formative musical education came from his family. His father Manmohan Bhatt taught and as a boy Vishwa Mohan Bhatt soaked up his father’s singing, compositions and ragas.

Bhatt originally did not mean to pursue a career in music. He prepared for the security of the Indian civil service while studying sitar and violin. Around 1967 he found a Spanish Guitar left behind by a German student at his father’s music school in Jaipur. Bhatt claimed it for his own and set about remodelling it. After experimenting with the instrument’s structure, left and right hand techniques, various objects to produce the slide sound and strings, he modified the guitar with the addition of several drone strings and eight sympathetic strings, playing it like a Hawaiian slide guitar to get the sustained, sliding notes common to the vocal style of Indian classical music. Thus the ‘mohan veena’ was born, named after himself and Vina or Veena, the generic Sanskrit word for a stringed instrument. It is an instrument that appears to be a hybrid of a classical Spanish guitar and a sitar.

1. Raga Maru Bihag
2. Raga Maru Bihag
3. Raga Pahadi

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