Date(s) - Sunday, September 18, 2022
Featuring Grammy award winner Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, “The most expressive, versatile and greatest slide player in the world” on Slide Guitar and Pt. Subhen Chatterjee on Tabla.
Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4TkRjN2XGs
The foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Bhatt has attracted international attention through his successful Indianization of the Western Hawaiian Guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod and veena techniques. He gave the Guitar an evolutionary design and shape and added 14 more strings and has raised the instrument Mohan Veena at unbelievable heights. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest Slide players in the world.
Outstanding features of Bhatt’s baaj (style) are his natural ability to play the “Tantrakari Ang”(plucked style)and incorporate the “Gayaki Ang”(vocal style) on the Mohan Veena which is the greatest advantage of this instrument over traditional Indian instrument like sitar, sarod and veena. He has performed extensively in the USA and in the World. It was no surprise that with his sheer virtuosity and limitless supply of melodies, Vishwa Mohan (along with Ry Cooder) won the highest music award of the world, the GRAMMY AWARD, in 1994 for their World Music album “A Meeting by the River”, enhancing his celebrity status not only as a star performer but also as an improviser and a soulful composer.
Being a powerhouse performer, Vishwa’s electrifying performance always captivates the audience whether in the United States, Europe, Gulf countries or his motherland, India. He has become the cultural ambassador of India by glorifying and popularizing Indian culture and music throughout the world.