Hyderabad is hosting a Grammy award winner tonight. Pinch yourself, know that it's true, and get here.
The Hyderabad Chapter of SPIC-MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Music And Culture Amongst Youth) is organising a festival of Indian classical music and dance, "Virasat 2010
", from 7th to 17th August, at various venues in the city.
The 11-day festival will feature the following stalwarts - Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Vijay Ghate, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, Kavita Dwibedi, T V Sankaranarayanan, Mysore Brothers, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Prof. Uday Bhawalkar, Dr. Teejan Bai, Dr. Nookala Chinasatyanarayana and D Balakrishna.
Grammy Award winner Mohan Veena player Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will be performing 14th August, 8:30pm, at the DST Auditorium, University of Hyderabad.
Born on 27th July 1952, Grammy winner and Padmasri Vishwa Mohan Bhatt hails from the Bhatt family of musicians. He had his initial training from his elder brother, Shashi Mohan Bhatt.
Vishwa Mohan is owed credit for Indianised the Western guitar by changing the original strings, and adding 'Chikari' and 8 'Tarabs' (sympathetic strings), and has developed his own style of playing Indian classical music. The style is a 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. 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 AIR.
SPIC MACAY is a voluntary, non-profit, apolitical and non-governmental student participatory movement founded in 1977. It aims to conserve and promote an awareness of Indian culture among the youth of India, through a focus on the classical arts.
SPIC-MACAY has chapters in over 300 towns and cities all over the world. It organizes concerts, lectures, demonstrations, informal discussions and seminars, all hosted by local chapters of the organization. The Hyderabad Chapter is one of them.
Entry to the concerts is free, and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact Lata Mani at 93475-53161 or Ashish at 94901-22248 for further details.