The combination of the mesmerising artistry of Bhatt and the soaring passion of vocalist Anwar Khan coupled with the driving hypnotic rhythms of Dholak, Khadtal and the desert strings of Kamaicha and Sindhi Sarangi produces a level of involvement for musician and listener alike which is so engrossing it seems to induce a trance like state. She has done this so frequently and for so long that the lines of the skin creases are wearing away. 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. It also has a romantic undertow strong enough to whip the listener off their feet. Rajasthani is no exception.

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It is in praise dewert one of Rajasthan’s most revered Hindu deities and Islamic pirs saints of medieval times. As part of the caste of the Langas and Manganyars musicians, who formerly devoted themselves to Radjahs, these artists met with success in Europe through the groups Divana and Chota Divana. Rajasthani is no exception. His worship crosses the Hindu-Muslim divide as well as crossing the caste line since his followers include caste Hindus and the casteless Dalits or Untouchables in modern-day Rajasthan and Gujarat -and even further afield bhaatt Madhya Pradesh and Sind on the Pakistani side of the visbwa.

As a grammy awarded for the project recorded as a duo with Ry Cooder inVishwa Mohan Batt is one of the few Indian musicians who is known by Westerners.

desert slide vishwa mohan bhatt

It also has a romantic undertow strong enough to whip the listener off their feet. Again, like all the pieces except Kesariya balam, it is in keherwa. Its title can be rendered along the lines of mhan me calling you’ or ‘Hear my entreaty’.


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It was his love for the characteristics of North American slide guitar that led him to invent the Mohan veena, a hybrid guitar with 19 strings which is now recognised as a true Indian classical music instrument. Thanks to the aerial glissandi of the Mohan Veena bhxtt the shimmering lyricism of the Gipsys, this meeting has created a powerful and bright music.

Several Rajasthani melas fairs or festivals celebrate his memory. The creation of the mohan veena, half guitar half sitar instrument, deswrt bluesy and hawaiian sounds, forces the player to go beyond the boundaries of traditional playing, also fascinating.

Desert Slide reflects the excitement of its birthplace, its surroundings, its musical origins and the colours of Rajasthan. The style of singing is designed to bahtt attention. Not to be missed. The former student of Ravi Shankar first gained international attention with his Grammy Award-winning album collaboration with Ry Cooder.

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It is particularly associated with bridal adornment and is used to dye intricate patterns on celebrants’ hands. One such is the monsoon-season Teej, the festival of swings, in the Hindu month of Shravana August-time in the Christian calendar which toasts Parvati’s union with Shiva and hence conjugal bliss.

Avalu Thari AaveBadilo Ghar Aave track bhwtt is a song of separation, a woman’s plea to her beloved badiloasking him to come home ghar. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt plays a theme, a rhythmic melodic hook of his own composition early in the piece to convey a sense of journeying, but the wit of his playing lies in slipping between the interstices of ‘ragadom’.

Nhatt languages love onomatopoeia.

desert slide vishwa mohan bhatt

The narrator has got the hiccups. This joyful, deeply spiritual and intense musical experience is also something really special to be part of at a live concert event. The lyrics welcome the listener to the person’s home or mohaan. The opening devotional song Helo Mharo Suno is kin to the bhajan form of Hindu hymn.


In Rajasthan, but also elsewhere in the Indian subcontinent, menhdi or henna’s uses range from the cosmetic – it is a hair colorant used by men and women alike – to rites of passage. This meeting of minds joyfully combines the folk arts, epitomised by Rajasthan’s two pre-eminent hereditary musician clans – the Langas and Manganiars or Manganihars – and the ‘highbrow’ art music tradition, exemplified by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, one of Hindustani art music’s most distinguished principal soloists, here accompanied again by that master of tabla dynamics of.

desert slide vishwa mohan bhatt

In track 4, ‘Hichki’ Hiccoughs hinges on a local folk belief or superstition. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s alap or opening invocation is designed to set the mood or scene, creating an atmosphere suffused with sadness or melancholy and a pain and pangs of separation. For this project, this virtuoso, who is a native of Rajasthan, deseet his gipsy fellow countrymen, the Divanawhose talents are today very well known. And he straddles the cultures in more ways. That intensity and the sheer size of the state vishda that it is a land of extremes.

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The programme’s instinctive mela sub-theme resurfaces here. Recorded in an obvious magical one shot elan, the record combines pagan and divine love songs, which were taken from an ancestral songbook. Rajasthan’s vastness of bright light and vibrant colour is reflected in its folk deserf and the land’s robust musical heritage. The group arose from previous collaborations between the musicians and has borne fruit in their new recording for Sense.