ITC Limited, in association with the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, is organising the annual ITC Sangeet Sammelan as a tribute to the legendary Hindustani vocalist late Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, on 2nd and 3rd November, at the Ravindra Bharathi. Some of the country's best musicians, such as vocalist Vijaya Jadhav Gatlewar, and sitarists Debu & Prateek Chaudhuri, will perform on the first day, and vocalist Ulhas Kashalkar, and Mohan Veena specialists Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt, will peform on the second day.
Tonite, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and his son Salil V Bhatt will strum some Hindustani classical numbers on the Mohan Veena. Supporting them on the tabla will be Ram Kumar Mishra.
Born on 27th July 1952, Grammy winner and Padmasri Vishwa Mohan Bhatt hails from the famous Bhatt family of musicians. Almost all members of his family are well-known artists. He had his initial training from his elder brother, Shashi Mohan Bhatt.
Vishwa Mohan has successfully Indianised the Western guitar by changing the strings which were originally used and adding 'Chikari' and 8 'Tarabs' (sympathetic strings), and has developed his own style of playing Indian classical music. The style is a fine combination of 'Gayaki Ang' (vocal style) and 'Tantrakari Ang' (instrumental style).
He is one of the leading artistes of India and has given his performances all over the country, and abroad too. His performances are highly admired by the audiences as well as the press. He has performed in USA, Canada, UK, France and Switzerland. An A-grade artist of the All-India Radio and Doordarshan, he has also participated in the national program of the All-India Radio.
Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, and Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, have graciously conferred the titles "Sur Mani" and "Tantree Shringar" respectively upon him. He's also won a Grammy, and the crowning glory has been the Padmasri.
Salil Bhatt, son of the legendary slide player, represents the 10th generation of the famous Bhatt lineage, where music has been flowing for more than 500 years.
Salil has been mastering the Mohan Veena for more than 20 years. He is the foremost disciple of Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and one of the youngest and most promising exponents of the Mohan Veena. Salil, with his soulful and vibrant music, is receiving accolades from listeners and the press alike.
With a masters degree in music, and as an A-grade of the All India Radio, Salil has performed throughout the country as well as abroad, and is a regular performer for the AIR & the national television network, as also for other prime television channels. Salil's music albums Legendary Legacy, Revival Of Gavti, In Harmony, Swar Shikhar etc. were instant hits.
In creating ITC-SRA in 1977, ITC's farsighted endeavor was to establish a modern Gurukul, and revive the traditional Guru-Sishya Parampara. It has played a major role in reviving and nurturing India's rich heritage of Hindustani classical music by organising concerts worldwide and undertaking research work.
Please contact N P Raju of ITC Limited at 2780-4025/2780-2293/98494-92050 for invitations and further details.