Vishwas Mohan Bhatt Biography, Age Career And Awards

Vishwas Mohan Bhatt was a superior and most prominent disciple of Ravi Shankar.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is a vocalist of Hindustani music who was born in Rajasthan, India, in 1952. (North Indian classical music). One of the most well-known shishyas (disciples) of Sitar master Ravi Shankar is Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in July 1952, and is the younger brother of sitarist Krishna Mohan Bhatt’s father Shashi Mohan Bhatt, who was one of Shankar’s first three students to study with him in the late 1940s. 

His family provided a significant portion of his early musical training. As a youngster, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt absorbed all of his father Manmohan Bhatt singing, compositions, and ragas.

Bhatt, his wife, and their two sons reside in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Salil Bhatt, his eldest child, plays the Mohan veena (and also a player of the Satvik veena). His younger son Saurabh Bhatt is a musician who has written music for movies, albums, and television shows. V.M. Bhatt received musical training from his parents, Manmohan and Chandrakala Bhatt, who were both performing and teaching musicians. 

Krishna Bhatt, his nephew, is a sitar and tabla player. He is the younger brother of Manju Mehta, a trained pupil of Pandit Ravi Shankar and co-founder of the Saptak School of Music in Ahmedabad.

Mohan Veena is played by folk singer Harry Manx, who spent five years studying with Salil Bhatt. Matt Malley, the bassist for Counting Crows, is a student and friend of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and plays a Mohan Veena as well. Lawrie Minson, an Australian musician, also studied Mohan Veena with Salil and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

The album A Meeting By The River, a collaboration with American slide guitarist Ry Cooder, which won a Grammy award for Best World Music Album in 1994, marked his major international breakthrough even though he had already established himself as a recording artist in India as early as 1970 and had travelled and recorded with his guru abroad (including Shankar’s ambitious Inside The Kremlin from 1989). 

The first Indian to receive a Grammy Award was not Bhatt. Instead of his own distinctive interpretation of Indian classical music traditions, Bhatt is best known for this album and other cross-cultural collaborations with Western artists like Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck, and Jerry Douglas. However, the exposure is like an appearance on the crossroad guitar festival in 2014.

Together with his wife, he currently resides in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. His younger son Saurabh Bhatt is a well-known music composer, while his older son Salil Bhatt is a renowned Mohan Veena performer.

The greatest advantage of the Mohan Veena over other traditional Indian instruments like the sitar, sarod, and veena is demonstrated by Bhatt’s natural ability to play the “Tantrakari Ang” and include the “Gayaki Ang” on it. It came as no surprise when Vishwa Mohan, Ry Cooder, and their World Music Album.

 “A Meeting by the River,” won the highest music award in the world, the GRAMMY AWARD in 1994. This award elevated Mohan’s notoriety as a star performer but also as an improviser and a soulful composer.

Vishwas Mohan Bhatt Biography
Vishwas Mohan Bhatt Biography

Career Of Vishwas Mohan Bhatt

With his flawless integration of sitar, sarod, and veena techniques, his evolutionary design and shape, and the addition of 14 more strings, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt successfully indianized the western Hawaiian guitar. This helped him establish the instrument MOHAN VEENA to incredible heights. Bhatt is without a doubt one of the most expressive, adaptable, and masterful slide players in the world, playing with dizzying speed and flawless legato.

The world has been captivated by Vishwa Mohan’s immaculate, pure, delicate, but explosive music. By renaming the guitar MOHAN VEENA, his brilliant invention, and establishing it at the highest level in the mainstream of Indian Classical Music, Vishwa proved the significance of his names VISHWA (meaning the world) and MOHAN (meaning charmer), and truly, he is a world charmer.

Instrumentalists Of Vishwas Mohan Bhatt 

  • Jana Gana Mana [Rashid Khan]

Jana Gana Mana – Soul of India · 2016

  • In The Gentle Rain

Music For Relaxation · 2005

  • Kesariya Balam

Desert Slide · 2005

  • Happiness Together

Music For Relaxation · 2005

  • Ganges Delta Blues
  • A Meeting by the River · 1993
  • Sweet Longings of Love
  • Music For Relaxation · 2005

Romantic Dhun

  • Saradamani · 1992
  • Raga Pahadi
  • Maestro’s Choice – Vishwa Mohan Bhatt · 2004
  • Rasiya from Mathura

Saradamani · 1992

  • Anandamagu Mukthi

Thrahimam 2 · 2013

Journey Into Eternity

  • Music For Soul · 2001

Iptada

  • Music For Soul · 2001

Awakening

Fusion From India

  • A Meeting by the River

A Meeting by the River · 1993

Desert Odyssey

  • Lori based in Raga Tilak Kamod In Deepchandi
  • Mohan’s Veena · 2005
  • Floating With The Clouds
  • Music For Relaxation · 2005
  • Pathway To Peace
  • Ode To Ganga · 1995
  • Dhun

Sounds Of The Strings · 1997

  • Raga Yaman
  • Jugalbandi – A Spontaneous Instrumental Duet · 1992
  • Mand Dhun
  • Jugalbandi – A Spontaneous Instrumental Duet · 11992..Together
  • Jugalbandi · 1998 Silences
  • Music For Relaxation · 2005
  • Harmony / Symphony
  • Music For Relaxation · 2005
  • Vaisnava Bhajan
  • Saradamani · 1992
  • Dhun – Based On Rajasthani Folk Song ‘Hichki’
  • Parampara – Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt & Salil V. Bhatt · 2012
  • Raga Kaunsi Kanhra

Guitar A La Hindustan · 1992

  • Salṭanah- Rāg Bagashrī / Maqām ‘Ajam Mu’addal
  • Saltanah · 2006

Isa Lei

Dead Man Walking: The Score · 1996

  • Raga Basant

The Maestro of Mohan Veena · 2000, Radha Krsna Lila

  • Tabula Rasā · 1996

Gypsies from Rajasthan

Bourbon & Rosewater · 1995

These were some of the most popular instrumentals of vishwas mohan Bhatt. His specialised Veena is a self created exponent of modern Veena. It was a self invented Veena which produces melodious voices. Vishwas Mohan wanted to merge the specialisation, technique, and sound of every instrument into the guitar after researching various parts of the instrument. He was looking for something that had the western guitar’s tone and tune but could be played like an Indian veena.

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