Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – Festival of Colours

PANDIT VISHWA MOHAN BHATT, President of the oeii – Austrian -Indian Institute, is the inventor and master of the so called MOHAN VEENA.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt lives in Jaipur, Rajasthan and is best known for his Grammy award winning album A MEETING BY THE RIVER with Ry Cooder. He is also known for other fusion and pan-cultural collaborations with Western artists such as Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas.

The Mohan veena is a stringed musical instrument used in Indian classical music.
The instrument is somehow a modified Archtop guitar and consists of 20 strings viz . three melody strings, five drone strings strung to the peghead, and twelve sympathetic strings strung to the tuners mounted on the side of the neck.  A gourd (or the tumba) is screwed into the back of the neck for improved sound quality and vibration. It is held in the lap like a slide guitar. The Mohan veena is under tremendous tension; the total strings pull to be in excess of 500 pounds.

Some of the popular performers include its inventor Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, fusion artist Harry Manx and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt received the Grammy award in 1994, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in1998 and the Padma Shri Award in 2002.

He will come to Vienna on June 01 this year and will arouse a firework of celestial sounds, according to the oeii concert series “Festival of Colours”. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt  will be accompanied by PANDIT SHUBHEN CHATTERJEE, the TABLA Virtuoso from Kolkata.
Chatterjee bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his Guru tabla maestro Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single Gharana, Subhen went on to learn the intricacies and beauty of other Gharanas that he introduced in his playing and which has made his style of playing so distinctive.
Pandit Bhatt also will be accompanied by his student Mrs. AMITA DALAL on the SITAR.



» DATE: June 01, 2013
» TIME: 19:00
» VENUE: Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Saal, Lothringerstr. 20,  1030 Wien

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Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt - Festival of Colours


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