Salil Bhatt the Mohan Veena Mohan Veena virtuoso and son of the legendary musician Grammy Award Winner' Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, has created a new Veena which he has named as the SATVIK VEENA to meet the requirements of depth, richness and continuity in his dynamic style of rendering the classical ragas.
Mohan Veena was created by pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt 41 years ago and is hailed as a unique discovery in music scenario.
Salil, has received accolades for his soulful and vibrant music, has created this new Veena for the innumerable variations of his 'Baaz' (style), which assimilates the Gayaki and Tantrakari styles, the vocal as well as the instrumental styles respectively. Salil specializes in playing high-speed taans, stroke and stroke less taans with equal mastery.
This new Veena named Satvik Veena is made of a 100-year-old oak wood block, its top made of pinewood to let the sound filter and resonate. Two f - shaped sound holes to provide the easy emergence of sound. The Fret board is made of rosewood.
The instrument has nineteen strings in all, including three for main melody, five for drone and twelve sympathetic strings. The very specially created wooden tuner keys are mounted on the extended piece of the fret board; these keys are placed on tuning machines that are concealed. The position of the
keys at the head, standing upright, break the traditional mould of horizontally placed keys. The head of the new Veena is shaped like a crescent and rises above the plane of the body. Just beneath the head is placed the toomba (gourd), which is attached to provide base and a better grip when the instrument is played on lap.
Salil has been giving solo concerts for more than 25 years and has performed all over the country as well as abroad in CANADA,
USA, UK, UAE, Europe etc. Salil represents the tenth generation of the famous Bhatt lineage of classical music artists.