Vishwa Mohan Bhatt brings Grammy-winning sound to Oxy’s Music Circle

Award-winning Indian slide guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs at the Music Circle at Occidental College Saturday night.

Bhatt has earned international praise for melding the sounds of Indian instruments, including the sitar and sarod, with the Hawaiian guitar into the mhan veena, an instrument he created.

Bhatt’s lightning-fast style and technical finesse have propelled him into the ranks of the most versatile slide guitarists in the world. His expertise has led to the government of India’s highest civilian award, the Padma Bhusan Award. Bhatt’s powerhouse, electrifying performances also earned him a Grammy Award, sharing the honor with Ry Cooder in 1994 for their world music album, “A Meeting by the River.”

Bhatt’s style has led to a busy worldwide performing schedule that includes venues in India, the US, Europe and the Middle East.

He is joined Saturday night by accompanist Subhen Chatterjee on tabla.


Music starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in Occidental College’s Herrick Chapel, 1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock. Tickets are $35 general admission, $25 for Music Circle members, $10 for children and students. Visit