Hailed as one of the most enterprising young faces of Indian classical music and lauded as the ‘Global Indian Prince of Ragas’, Satvik Veena virtuoso Salil Bhatt represents the 10th generation of the 500-year-old Jaipur Bhatt ancestry of Hindustani classical music.
Disciple and son of Padma Shri Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, winner of a Grammy Award (1994), Salil had also been nominated for the Juno Award (Canadian Grammy Honour). He is the first Indian musician to perform at the German Bavarian parliament in Munich in 2005, Icelandic parliament in the presence of former Indian President Dr Abdul Kalam and also in Taiwan, besides a prestigious recital before Queen Elizabeth in New Delhi.
Salil Bhatt launched many of his 10 albums at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35, Chandigarh. And on Monday, Kathak guru Shobha Koser did the honours for his latest album, Strings of Freedom.
In a quick conversation, Salil disclosed, “The instant album is a family affair, a jugalbandi by my guru Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on Mohan Veena and myself on the Satvik Veena. I have discovered a new raga, Vishaw Kauns, and dedicated it to my father, besides raga Ahir Bhairav. Three more of my solo albums are ready to be released early next year. I expect my son Satvik (15), who performed with me at Singapore, Kolkata and other concerts, to repeat the feat for me. Though at the age of 42 I have performed in 40 countries, I feel it’s just the beginning. As someone rightly said, life begins at 40!”
Catch Salil Bhatt live in performance with Cassius Khan from Vancouver (known as the Tabla Tornado) today at Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35 at 6.30 pm.