Taking the classical route!

Remember Vishwa Mohan Bhatt? Many many years ago he won a Grammy for an album called A Meeting by the River. That was in 1993. Last year he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to music. He plays the Mohan veena, one of the few people to do so. Yeah, now you know the facts. Here’s the newsy stuff: Bhatt rarely does Bollywood ishtyle stuff, though he did some work with Vishal Bhardwaj and Adesh Shrivastava and for Lagaan and Saathiya - but that could have been the AR Rahman connection rather than the films themselves, wethinks. Some years ago, he said that “All songs sound the same – influenced by western beats. Film music is all about dancing now, there is no melody.” Maybe Sachin-Jigar want to change that with the music for Gold, the Akshay Kumar film. They have roped in Bhatt, as well as Taufiq Qureshi, younger brother of tabla star Zakir Hussain. Qureshi does his thing in Chad gayi hai, while Bhatt features in Jaaga Hindustani, which is sung by Divya Kumar with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Will the shadow of the Grammy from ages past be lucky for Gold? They just gotta go for it!