Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Mohan Veena
Prithviraj Suresh Mishra, tablas
Anwar Khan Manganiar, singer
Gazi Khan Barna, kartâl
Feiruz Khan Manghaniyar, dholak
Ghewar Khan Manghaniyar, kamanchiya
Music is the language of God created for the benefit of Mankind. To me music is the medium to talk to God.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Desert Vision II : the spiraling sounds of the mohan veena intertwine with the vocal harmonies of Anwar Khan Manghaniyar, in a sort of long tracking shot through the desert immensity.
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt claims his filiation with Tansen, master of music in Akbar's court (XVIth century). But he also composes and innovates, like Pandit Ravi Shankar whom he was the first student of or like his fellow musician Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, who also shows a real interest in slide guitar. The creation of the mohan veena, half guitar half sitar instrument, close to the sarod as well and to which he’ll add 14 strings to increase its potential, with bluesy and hawaiian sounds, forces the player to go beyond the boundaries of traditional playing, also fascinating.
As a grammy awarded for the project recorded as a duo with Ry Cooder in 1994 “A Meeting by the River”, Vishwa Mohan Batt is one of the few Indian musicians who is known by Westerners, not only as an excellent improviser but also as a soulful composer. This former Ravi Shankar’s student manufactured the Mohan Veena, a guitar which combines the features of indian traditionnal string instruments with the ones of the north-american Slide Guitar, the most beautiful characteristics of which he keeps sublimating.
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - festival LES ORIENTALES 2009 [JPG]