Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in concert with Jay Dabgar in Melbourne on March 31

For one evening, only in Melbourne, Multicultural Arts Victoria is honoured to welcome Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Respected throughout India as a master of the Mohan Veena, Vishwa is also known internationally for his Grammy-award winning album, A Meeting by the River with Ry Cooder and collaborations with artists such as Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas.

For the past forty years, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has been hugely influential in presenting his instrument, the Mohan Veena on the world stage, as well as bringing it to new audiences throughout India. The Mohan Veena is an Indian adaption of the Hawaiian guitar, incorporating elements of the traditional Sitar, Sarod and Veena.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has worked for several films including Lagaan (2001), Saathiya (2002), Dedh Ishqiya (2014) and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) and toured with composer, AR Rahman.

The Government of India has also recently announced that Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will be awarded the Padma Bhushan for “distinguished service of a high order”.

Performing with Pt. Bhatt is Melbourne-based musician, Jay Dabgar on tabla.

Jay Dabgar was born into a family of tabla makers, leaning the instrument form 18 years of age from his Gurus, the Late Pt. Nandan Mehta and Pt. Pooran Maharaj at the famous Saptak School of Music in India. Jay’s skills are well known throughout Australia and he has accompanied many great internationals here and overseas.

‘Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in concert with Jay Dabgar’ is presented by Arts Multicultural Arts Victoria and City of Port Phillip as part of the Emerald Hill Arts Menu 2017 with the assistance of Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Multicultural Arts Victoria  (MAV) has evolved over four decades into one of Australia’s most important bodies for the discovery, development and promotion of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) contemporary art, heritage and cultural expression. The organisation also offers expertise in audience development, community engagement and artistic excellence with CALD communities.

Date: Friday 31 March 2017

Time: 7.309.30pm

Venue: South Melbourne Town Hall, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne

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