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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

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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.

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  • Philthehippy

    I think I've just died and this sound is heaven. Totally mind blowing.

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • aNewDay_

    Plz vote for the correct name: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt !!

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • aNewDay_

    Why the the good Indian Artists are less known when they make pure music .. In The Gentle Rain :3

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • yashmistrey

    ये हमारे भारत की विरासत हें, जो अनमोल हें ! सचमुच भारत की धरती सोना उगलती हें न

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Machiventa

    does anyone know if he has any other albums similar to Music For Relaxation where he's more of a conductor/arranger for classical indian instruments mixed with western instrumentation? no offense to his veena playing but I prefer the mix of sitar, sarod, bansuri, and santoor from that album.

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • haleakalari

    this guy, is exactly what i'm fuckin' talking about. i've seen him play, and had to fight the urge to shout "woooo!" or "fuck yeah!" and things like that when a raga would begin to climax... because i totally would have been escorted out of the music hall, peacefully though.

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • DigiDan

    I think his music is more than decent.

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • gautam3

    Decent artist. Mostly a great innovator of the guitar in Indian classical music...

    11 May 2007 Reply

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