BHUBANESWAR: Celebrated musician, creator of the Mohan veena and Grammy Award winner Pandit Viswa Mohan Bhatt has appealed to the Indian television industry to concentrate on the promotion of Indian classical music.
“There should be an exclusive channel for Indian classical music, which has a glorious tradition. Through Indian civilisation, Indian classical music has made valuable contribution to the world and needs patronage by the powerful medium of television that has the highest impact on the people today. Cricket enjoys so much of attention from the industry and even there are channels for animals! If we can spend just one per cent of the money and attention that we spend on cricket, Indian classical music could be saved from the danger of marginalsation,” pointed out Mr. Bhatt er while releasing the souvenir of the Bhubaneswar Music Circle (BMC) on Sunday.
Pandit Bhatt was in the City along with his Sattvik veena player son Salil Bhatt to perform during the concluding evening of the three-day Vedant-BMC annual national music festival hosted by BMC and supported by the Vedanta Group of industries.
Remembering late legendary Odissi maestro Kelucharan Mohapatra, he felt that Orissa was proud to have him born here. Both Orissa and Odissi are close to his heart, he said.
Appeal to BMC
The legendary musician was also full of praise for the 45-year-old BMC’s consistent efforts to promote Indian classical music. “Its concern for our kind of music deserves special mention. I appeal to the corporate houses of the country to come forward to support BMC’s initiatives,” he signed off before putting up an electrifying performance at the Rabindra Mandap.
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