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MYSTIC VOICES FESTIVAL - DESERT SLIDE
Thu 28 July 2016, 19:30 – 22:30 BST
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Mohan Veena
Nihar Mehta, tablas
Anwar Khan Manganiar, singer
Gazi Khan Barna, kartâl
Feiruz Khan Manghaniyar, dholak
Ghewar Khan Manghaniyar, kamanchiya
Music is the language of God created for the benefit of Mankind. To me music is the medium to talk to God. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
The spiraling sounds of the mohan veena intertwine with the vocal harmonies of Anwar Khan Manghaniyar, in a sort of long tracking shot through the desert immensity.
As a grammy awarded for the project recorded as a duo with Ry Cooder in 1994 “A Meeting by the River”, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Batt is one of the few Indian musicians who is known by Westerners, not only as an excellent improviser but also as a soulful composer. This former Ravi Shankar’s student manufactured the Mohan Veena, a guitar which combines the features of indian traditionnal string instruments with the ones of the north-american Slide Guitar, the most beautiful characteristics of which he keeps sublimating.
Hailing from the Thar desert, members of Divana Ensemble all come from renowned Manganiyar and Langa families. Reinforced with haunting ragas, rousing vocals and innovative rhythms, and led by Anwar Khan, the greatest voice of his generation, the ensemble offers with Pandit Mohan Bhatt an unprescedent fusion between traditional Rajasthani music of the Thar desert and classical northern Indian music, at its finest