Grammy Award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt expanded the Hawaiian slide guitar to incorporate nineteen strings, which allows him to combine the techniques of Indian classical music from several traditional instruments, such as the sitar, sarod, and vina. He has performed worldwide, including appearances at the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the United Nations and for the celebration at Lincoln Center of Mahatma Ganhi’s 125th birthday. Subhen Chatterjee has accompanied such masters as Bhimsen Joshi, V. G. Jog, and Rashid Khan. This concert was presented in celebration of the Freer’s “Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas.” Recorded live in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, March 28, 2008.
Part 1 of 2: Rag Puriya Kalyan (1:08:15)
Part 2 of 2: Rag Desh, Rag Kirwani, and Meeting by the River (50:47)
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