Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awardee Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt mesmerises the audience at RCOEM


Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan Awardee and winner of the Grammy award in 1994 Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt enthralled the audience at RCOEM. He is an exponent of the Veena Mohan and has performed in 85 countries. He is the winner of many accolades like Music Natak Academy, Music Scientist, National Tansen Award, Tantric Emperor, Rajasthan Ratna and Global Music Award twice to name a few. He has been instrumental in keeping the flag of Indian Classical music flying high.  The prestigious St. Peterburg University has given him an honorary degree. Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt comes from a family, where for almost 300 years, the service of music and Sadhana is considered as a religion.

Panditji was here as a part of the SPIC MACAY program. SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a non-political, nationwide, voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr Kiran Seth, Professor-Emeritus at IIT-Delhi who was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ for his contribution to the arts in 2009.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt was accompanied by Pandit Himanshu Mahant on the Tabla. Both fascinated the audience with their soulful rendition of ragas.   The audience was spell bound for an hour and the young students were astonished to see the energy levels and passion of both the musicians.  Pt. Bhatt played the Raga ‘Charu-nat’ and informed the audience that the performance was not pre-composed or rehearsed.    It was a live rendition of the Raga that helped the audience to transcend from this world to that of peace and tranquillity.

The day started with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries which was followed by the felicitation of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at the hands of Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCOEM. Shri Ashok Kumar Pacheriwala, Treasurer, Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti felicitated Pandit Himanshu Mahant. The event was graced by the presence of Shri Shyamsunder Rathi Member, Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti, Dr. Rajesh Pande, Principal, RCOEM and senior faculty members. The entire program was a result of the efforts Shri. H D Bhave.