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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

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Sun 28 May 2023, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
£17.50 ⁠–⁠ £25
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 Sliding Guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt with his guitar
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt © Asian Arts Agency

The maestro slide guitarist mesmerises with his delicate yet fiery music.

Hailing from Rajasthan, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s family has performed Indian classical music for more than three centuries.

But it’s Bhatt who firmly established his instrument within the sphere of mainstream Indian classical music through his outstanding musicianship.

His new invention, the Mohan Veena, is a modified version of the steel guitar which blends the Hawaiian slide guitar with traditional Indian sitar, sarod and vina techniques.

He’s performed in more than 80 countries across numerous prestigious venues and festivals, and has recorded numerous albums. He was awarded the Grammy Award for his 1993 album A Meeting by the River with Ry Cooder.

For this performance he’s accompanied by Pandit Subhen Chatterjee, whose album Artistry was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002.

Chatterjee’s tabla playing style is based on the Lucknow gharana, one of the six main tabla styles of Indian classical music.

He was taught by illustrious tabla player Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Uniquely, Chatterjee learned the intricacies of other gharanas and thus incorporated this into his playing style.

This concert is part of a national tour presented by Asian Arts Agency

‘One of the greatest and most expressive slide players in the world.’

Acoustic Guitar Magazine (on Bhatt)

‘A great performer.’

Washington Post (on Chatterjee)

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Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Dates & times

Sun 28 May 2023, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entry£17.50 ⁠–⁠ £25*
  • Concessions25%**


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