|21st February 2003 - Page 3|
AN INTERVIEW WITH PANDIT VISHWA MOHAN BHATT
Q1. What did other instruments lack that you decided to invent the
Mohan Veena and the Vishwa Veena?
It isn't that the instruments lacked anything, inventing these was just a way of expressing myself and my emotions. I wanted a sound that was vibrant and powerful.
Q2: You are already a pioneer in the field of music. Is there more to come?
Yes. Definitely….it will never stop.
Q3: Do your sons also plan to follow in your footsteps?
Yes, Sahil, my elder son, is in fact, presently with Spic Macay, and performs with me on many occasions. My younger son, Saurabh, composes music for Balaji Telefilms.
Q4: How is your experience in performing abroad different from that in India?
The American audience is more disciplined and quiet. They don't talk or move in between the show. The auditoriums are better and things are more organized and clean. In India, however, people don't listen, there's not much respect for the performer. For instance, today no one seemed interested and people were talking and moving through out.
Q5: Out of all the numerous awards you have won which is the closest to your heart?
The Grammy award for its international acclaim and the Padamashree for its national significance. It was very satisfying to win such prestigious awards from not only India, but abroad as well.
Q6: You are a role model for many but who inspired you?
My guru- Pt. Ravi Shankar, Mother Teresa and Vivekananda
Q7: In your career you have had a chance to work with a variety of renowned artists. Are here any special memories or interactions you would like to share?
While recording "Meeting by the River" with Ry Kuder, which won the Grammy, We recorded the entire track without any retakes or rehearsals as we had a great rapport from our very first meeting.
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