"Although guitar is a foreign instrument, he has a tremendous
command over it. He has given a new dimension to it by merging
the sound and style of guitar, sitar and sarod. The effect of
his playing is unique." -- Ravi Shankar
Raga Records is proud to be the first label outside India to release
Vishwa to the West:
Raga Cassette 105:
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt guitar * Sukhvindar
Raga MARU BIHAG alap (guitar solo)...18:30, tintal gats...26:07
Ragas JOG rupak tal (7 beat cycle)...15:54
DESH sitarkhani (16 beat syncopated cycle)...15:14
KIRWANI dhun (folk) in keharwa tal (8 beats)...11:20 Total:
Digital Recording * Dolby B NR * BASF Chrome tape
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
was born in 1952, of a musician family of Jaipur in Rajasthan.
He received his initial training from his older brother Shashi
Mohan, and is now a disciple of Ravi Shankar. His nephew, the
sitar player Krishna Bhatt, is well known in the West. He has
modified his guitar by adding several chikari (drone strings tuned
to the tonic), and eight sympathetic strings tuned to the scale
of the raga being played, which ring out in the background when
their note is struck on the main strings. This hybrid instrument,
which Vishwa calls the Mohan Veena, is played like a Hawaiian
slide guitar, and is ideally suited for the sustained, sliding
notes of vocal style Indian classical music.
Singh from Ludhiana in the Punjab is one of today's leading
young tabla players. Learning first to play the pakhawaj (the
large double headed drum used to accompany Dhrupad vocal music)
under Nihal Singh, he received a thorough training from his guru
Kishan Maharaj in Benares.
Maru Bihag is
an evening raga, with a mood of longing, like that of separated
lovers. Basically following a major scale, its flight path omits
the second, third and sixth while ascending, and goes through
both a natural and augmented fourth: S m G M P N S; S N D P M
G m G R S.
Credits: Recorded before a small
audience in New York on Easter Sunday 1989 by Margaret Crimmins.
Sony D-10 DAT recorder and mid-side stereo microphone. Tamboura:
Daisy Paradis. Special thanks to Dr. Balwant Dixit, National Video
Industries, and to David and Daisy Paradis. Cover photo, Associate
Producer: Ira Landgarten. Produced by John Wilton.
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