And how many Grammy winners do you know who ever performed in town?
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited is organising a grand Music & Dance Festival, from 8th to 10th December, at Taramati Baradari Culture Complex on Gandipet Road, Ibrahimbagh, where some highly talented and established musicians of India will be performing. The 3-day fest includes performances by Dr L Subramaniam & Kavita Subramaniam, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Deepika Reddy, Devayani, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Purbayan Chatterjee, Mohd Vakil and others.
Today, the inaugural day, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will be presenting a Mohan Veena recital. Pandit Bhatt is the foremost disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. He belongs to that elite body of musicians which traces its origin to the Mughal emperor Akbar's court musician Tansen, and his guru, the hindu mystic Swami Haridas.
Pandit Bhatt has attracted international attention by his successful Indianisation of the western Hawaiian guitar, with his perfect assimilation of the sitar, sarod & veena techniques in it, by giving it an evolutionary design & shape and by adding 14 more strings helping him to establish the instrument Mohan Veena. With blinding speed and faultless legato, Bhatt is undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide players in the world.
Pandit Bhatt, 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.
Pandit Bhatt has performed extensively in the USA, USSR, Canada, the Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, Dubai, Al-Sharjah, Bahrain, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and throughout India.
The entry to this festival is through daily tickets of Rs. 200 per head or season passes of Rs. 500 per head for 3 days of the festival. For tickets and other details, please contact APTDC Ltd at 2329-8456/57 or 2345-3036/0165, or the venue at 2352-0172/1884.