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Canadian Grammy for Salil Bhatt

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WINSOME: Satvik Veena player Salil Bhatt.
WINSOME: Satvik Veena player Salil Bhatt.

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The creator of Satvik Veena, Salil Bhatt, has been nominated for Canada's top music honour, the Juno Award, which is considered the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.

He received the nomination for his international music album, “Slide to Freedom-2”, in the Best World Music Album category.

Son of the renowned Grammy Award-winning musician Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Salil has had a long and distinguished career in music, experimenting with various genres including the blues, gospel, jazz, rock, funk and country rock, in addition to his training in Indian classical music.

This eclecticism is ever-present in this album which saw Salil collaborate with Canadian Blues legend Doug Cox to bring out a unique synthesis of Blues with Indian classical. The album features a galaxy of musicians including Dinah Di bringing Jazz Bass, John Boutte singing Funk and Soul, Ramkumar Mishra on the tabla and Michael Wrycraft joining in for gospels, among many others.

The album was recorded in Ashcroft near Vancouver at the Pioneer Opera House by renowned recordist Miles Wilkinson.

Featuring eight tracks, ‘Slide to Freedom-2' has generated positive reviews and five-star ratings from several magazines and reviews and has been tremendously popular in Canada, Europe and the U.S.

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