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Classical music gets a GenNow appeal

GenNow musician Salil Bhatt believes classical music has a huge fan following among youngsters as well.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2003 18:37 IST

GenNow musician Salil Bhatt believes classical music has a huge fan following among youngsters as well. “Who says younger people love listening to pop music? They are ardent lovers of classical music too. Very few young people are addicted to pop music. But you can’t blame them for that. I would rather blame elders, they should have taught youngsters about the value of classical music like our father did,” he says pointing towards his father Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who sat next to him.

Salil today hardly needs an introduction. Apart from being the son and disciple of the legendary slide player and Grammy award winner, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Salil’s performance as a Mohan Veena player has made him famous all over the world. He is hailed as one of the youngest and most promising exponents of the Maihar Gharana. Recently his performance at the Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Sangeet Samaroh being organised by the Saraswati Samaj and Gandharva Mahavidyalaya deserve special mention.

Salil represents the tenth generation of the famous Bhatt lineage, which has been associated with classical music for more than 500 years. A visibly excited Bhatt again points out: “Young people want to know more about classical music performers.”

Salil inherited the art of using New-Age fusion from his father. He has has also played in rare collaboration with Mexican guitarist David Heidalgo. He has also experimented with Australian guitarist Lawrie Minson, blending the intricacies of Indian music with those of Australian country music.

“Both of these were very unique experiences for me. It is always necessary to have an interaction with the world outside, it makes you understand where you are,” he says.

With a Masters in music and an A grade ranking from the All India Radio, Salil has performed throughout the country as well as abroad and is a regular performer the national television network, along with other prime television channels. He says humbly, “I’ve trained intensively under the tutelage of my father Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. And I feel throughout this 12 years I’ve learnt so little.”

First Published: Aug 12, 2003 14:00 IST