Music is intoxication: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Grammy Award winner and player of the slide guitar, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, brought magic in the air of Kundan International School, Sector 46-B, during his performance to mark the celebration of the 150th birth centenary of Swami Vivekanda and as a homage to Pandit Ravi Shanker.

Pandit Bhatt, who was accompanied by Mithilesh Jha on the tabla for the first time, also demonstrated the Madhuwanti Raga at the music concert with his genius creation, the Mohan Veena, and expressed his joy to see young children from standards 2 to 9 who were mesmerized by his performance.

"I perform at around 25- 26 concerts every month, many of them are in countries like America, Canada and Europe. But it is overwhelming to see small chidren sitting so patiently in a classical music concert. Our heritage of Classical Music needs to be preserved," said Bhatt.

"Music is intoxication," he added. Pandit Bhatt, who now has plans to create a new electronic instrument, explained, "There is a lack of maturity in the common Indian audience which is one reason it is isolating classical music, but with demonstrations like these, people can understand what they are listening to and appreciate its beauty. Also, there is a need for the classical music artistes to reach out to youth through the popular social media platforms."

He also admitted that there should be more effort by the government towards the promotion of Indian classical music and suggested that businessmen like the Ambanis should invest in it and start a television show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan that is dedicated to the cause.

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