Concert by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, accompanied by Pt. Subhen Chatterjee
Sponsored and organized by SPIC MACAY and co-sponsored by CSAS
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Creator of the Mohan Veena, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, is the foremost disciple of renowned Sitarist, Pt. Ravi Shankar. By incorporating elements of sitar, sarod and veena, and by adding more strings to a Hawaiian Slide Guitar, he has designed the Mohan Veena and Vishwa Veena. Some outstanding features of Bhatt’s style are his natural ability to play the ‘Tantrakari Ang’ (instrumental style of music) and incorporate the "Gayaki Ang" (vocal style in instrumental music) on Mohan Veena. With his electrifying music, he has always mesmerized the audiences, be it in the United States of America, Europe, Gulf countries or his motherland India.
He won the Grammy Award in 1994 along with Ry Cooder for their World Music Album, ‘A MEETING BY THE RIVER’. He has received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the Padmashri Award, apart from many other accolades and honors. Apart from being a star performer, he is a master composer too. As an excellent collaborator, he did a historic jugalbandi with a Chinese Ehru player Jei Bing Chang, has also combined with ace American Dobro guitar player Jerry Douglas.
Pt. Subhen Chatterjee bases his style of playing to Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious guru table maestro Pt. Swapan Chaudhary. Not restricting himself to one single gharana, Pt. Chatterjee 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 unique and distinctive. He has also created India’s leading fusion band, KARMA, which is still the only of its kind from the Eastern part of India. His album BANDISH FUSION was nominated for JPF Music Awards (one of USA’s leading music awards in 2006. His latest albums “Bandish Fusion: Redefined” and “Bandish Fusion: the lasting legacy” are already in the charts, both in India and abroad.
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