Vishwa Mohan Bhatt also known as V. M. Bhatt (born July 12, 1950) is Grammy-winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist who plays the Mohan Veena (slide guitar).
Vishwa Mohan lives in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, with his wife and two sons. His elder son Salil Bhatt is a renowned Mohan veena player (and also a player of the Satvik veena), whose album Slide to Freedom Part II was nominated for the Canadian JUNO AWARD, while his younger son Saurabh Bhatt is a well known composer. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's grandson Satvik Bhatt is also a musician and a Limca Book Of World Record holder for being world's youngest Mohan Veena Player at the age of 3 and a half years and also for identifying 45 ragas at the age of 3 and a half years. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt's parents late Manmohan Bhatt and late Chandrakala Bhatt were also teaching and performing musicians who imparted knowledge of music to V.M Bhatt. His nephew, Krishna Bhatt, plays the sitar and tabla.
Bhatt is best known for his Grammy award winning album A Meeting by the River with Ry Cooder released on Water Lily Acoustics label. He is also known for other fusion and pan-cultural collaborations with Western artists such as Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas. Exposure such as an appearance on the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival, organized by Eric Clapton, allows his playing to reach a larger audience.
Folk musician Harry Manx, who studied with Salil Bhatt and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt for five years, plays a Mohan Veena. Counting Crows' Bassist Matt Malley also plays a Mohan Veena and is a student and friend of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Australian Musician Lawrie Minson also learnt Mohan Veena from Salil and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
1992 - Guitar A La Hindustan, Magnasound (India),
1992 - Saradamani, Water Lily Acoustics,
1993 - Gathering Rain Clouds, Water Lily Acoustics,
1993 - A Meeting by the River (with Ry Cooder), Water Lily Acoustics,
1995 - Bourbon & Rosewater (with Jerry Douglas & Edgar Meyer), Water Lily Acoustics,
1995 - Mumtaz Mahal (with Taj Mahal & N. Ravikiran), Water Lily Acoustics,
1996 - Saltanah (with Simon Shaheen), Water Lily Acoustics,
1996 - Tabula Rasā (with Béla Fleck & Jie-Bing Chen), Water Lily Acoustics,
1996 - Sounds of Strings, Music today, India,
2008 - Mohan's Veena, Times Music, India,
2010 - Desert Slide, Times Music, India,
2010 - Mohan's Veena II, Times Music, India,
2011 - Groove Caravan, Deeksha Records, Canada,
1 March 1993 Grammy Award (Best World Music Album) - A Meeting by the River(With Ry Cooder),
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1998 ,
Padma Shri, 2002