They are believed to be the first Indian musicians to be invited to perform at the prestigious Grammy Museum in Los Angeles (USA) in April last year. The grand disciples of late sitar maestro Pt Ravi Shankar — Lakshay Mohan (sitarist) and his brother Aayush Mohan (sarod player) — are set to perform in Mumbai on August 3, as part of a musical tour.
Watch : Lakshay Mohan, Aayush Mohan and Barry Phillips in the official promo of The Golden Symphony
“We were always fascinated by Pt Shankar’s music. While learning his compositions and listening to his life stories from our guru Pt Balwant Rai Verma (the senior-most disciple of Pt Shankar), we got inspired to practise for long hours, sometimes for 10 to 12 hours a day. The most memorable day of our lives was when we met Pt Shankar after a performance in 2012. Our conversation with him that night will stay with us forever,” says Aayush.
The duo will collaborate with cello maestro Barry Phillips for the concert. They performed with Phillips at the Grammy Museum concert as well. “We had presented some of the oldest Indian classical compositions to the western audience. For the Mumbai concert, the two of us are composing a new piece that is an organic blend of Indian and western classical traditions. It’s for the first time that the sitar, sarod and cello are coming together on one stage,” says Lakshay.
The brothers have also collaborated with Grammy Award winner Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (mohan veena player) for their latest album The String Trinity. “We are about to finish our next album, which is based on raga malhar (monsoon raga).