Creator of the MOHAN VEENA and the winner of the GRAMMY AWARD, Vishwa Mohan has mesmerized the world with his pristine pure, delicate yet fiery music. It is due to Vishwa's maiden mega effort that he rechristened guitar as MOHAN VEENA, his genius creation and has established it at the top most level in the mainstream of Indian Classical Music scenario, thereby proving the essence of his name VISHWA (meaning the world) and MOHAN (meaning charmer) and indeed , a world charmer he is.
Being the foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Vishwa Mohan belongs to that elite body of musicians which traces its origin to the Moughal emperor Akbar's court musician TANSEN and his guru the Hindu Mystic Swami Haridas.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar with his perfect assimilation of sitar, sarod & veena techniques, by giving it a evolutionary design & shape and by adding 14 more strings helping him to establish the instrument MOHAN VEENA to unbelievable heights. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide player s in the world.
Being a powerhouse performer, Vishwa's electrifying performance always
captivates the audience whether in the United States of America, Europe, Gulf countries or his motherland India. Vishwa Mohan has become the cultural ambassador of India by carrying the Herculean task of glorifying and popularizing Indian culture and music throughout the world.
Outstanding features of Bhatt's baaj (style) are his natural ability to play the 'Tantrakari Ang' and incorporate the 'Gayaki Ang' on Mohan Veena which is the greatest advantage of this instrument over traditional Indian instrument like sitar, sarod and veena. It was no surprise that Vishwa Mohan with his sheer virtuosity and limitless supply of melodies won the highest music award of the world, the GRAMMY AWARD IN 1994 along with Ry Cooder 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.
Vishwa Mohan has performed extensively in the USA, USSR, Canada, the Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, then scaling the Gulf of Dubai, Al-Sharjah, Bahrain, Muscat, Abu Dhabi etc. and throughout India.
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: A Great personality
Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri Winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt have special significance in the musicians who make the biggest contributions to Indian classical music and musicians.
Not only he has given a broad comprehension to Indian classical music, but also he has given rise to the possibility of unique blend of Indian and Western classical music in the form of Mohan-Veena.
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is born in the family, where for almost 300 years, the service of music and Sadhana is considered as a religion and action. Music was founded in hereditary and energized, hence the natural tendency towards music was natural, but the evidence of their unique talent can be based on the fact that when Indian youth were pursuing western music in the 1960-70s By classicalizing Western instruments such as guitar, World Mohan has presented the world with an infinite instrument like Mohan-Veena. At that time, his age was only seventeen years.
The characteristic of this wonderful instrument is that it contains both muscular and singing parts.
He has been invited in almost all the major concerts in the country and abroad for the past 50 years and special respect is given. I have presented your programs in 80 countries.
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has been conferred the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Grami as well as many other honors, besides Music Natak Academy, Music Scientist, National Tansen Award, Tantric Emperor, Rajasthan Ratna and Global Music Award twice. The prestigious St. Peterburg University has given him the honorary degree.
In fact, this is the significance of the awards, which have been awarded to a world-class artist such as Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.