Kanchan Mathur completed her honours in English from Delhi University and her B. Ed. from Loresto House, Kolkata. She worked at The Statesman, Delhi and Loreto, Darjeeling, before joining her husband in business, at Jaipur. A lover of music, she found the writing of Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's biography, a tempting offer.
THE creator of Mohan Veena and the Winner of a Grammy Award, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is an instrumentalist who needs no introduction. He is an artist who has attracted the attention of the world by his lndianization of the Western Hawaiin Guitar.
Mohan Veena, is an eclectic synthesis of the techniques of the Sitar, Sarod and Veena. Pandit Bhatt has given it a revolutionary design and a new tonal fabric by adding 14 more strings. He plays the instrument with blinding speed and a faultless legato- incorporating the gayaki anga with the tantrakari anga.
Pandit Bhatt's quest for the best sound quality led him towards the invention of yet another instrument, called the "Vishwa Veena." In this instrument he has incorporated aspects of the Western I-Earp into the structure of his Mohan Veena.
Hailed as the "King of Indian Slide Guitar;' he entertains audiences all over the world with his limitless supply of Indian classical melodies. Listening to his recitals can be an ecstatic experience, for he rakes up the beauty within you, soothes down painful disturbances while attuning you to the waves of pristine music.
Apart from being a star performer, Pandit Bhatt is a master collaborator too. He has recorded several duets (jugalbandies) with performers of various musical streams.
Pandit Bhatt has indeed gone a long way in setting up the trend for therapeutic classical music while adding to the multitudinous and opulent repertory of Indian classical instruments.
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North Indian Music (289)
Original Texts (60)
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