Amod Bhatt



Born on 30 June 1964 in a Dwarikadheesh temple in Bhopal, Shri Amod Bhatt is a freelance music composer, director and teacher. He belongs to a family of dedicated temple singers-priests-kathakars hailing from South India, worshiping Thakurji (Shri Krishna) with the offerings of padgayan, Bhagwatkathas and Haveli Sangeet. Shri Bhatt's initiation into music began with his mother Shrimati Nirmala Bhatt and maternal grandfather Shri Goswami Narayan who composed music for and sang the whole Radheshyam-Ramayan. Shri Bhatt obtained a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Barkatullah University, Bhopal. Later he completed his Sangeet Prabhakar (Singing), Sangeet Prabhakar (Tabla), and obtained a Senior Diploma (Bhav Sangeet) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Shri Amod Bhatt learnt theatre music from the legendary B.V. Karanth who was the founder-director of Bharat Bhavan’s Rangmandal. Shri Bhatt was instrumental in arranging and conducting music in many of Karanth’s plays such as Ghasiram Kotwal, Hayvadan, Skandagupta, Raja Lear, Malavikagnimitram, Bagro Basant Hai, Do Kashtiyon Ka Sawar, Shastra Sandhan, and Andha Yug. Shri Bhatt worked with the Bhavan’s Repertory for 16 years from 1981 to 1997 composing music for many plays and training and teaching actors. During those years he attended many workshops on folk theatre, namely, Mach, Nacha, Nautanki, Pandavani, Udia (Das Kathia), as well as dance, and mime as an assistant and sometimes as a participant. Shri Bhatt has worked with many prominent directors as a music composer such as Alakhnandan (Bhaye Prakat Kripala Deen Dayala, Magadh, Alibaba), John Martin (Aulis in Euphigenia, Trojan Women, Agamemnon, Parindo ki Sabha), Jaidev Hattangadi (Passa, Poster), M.K. Raina (Tum Saadat Hasan Manto), Nadira Z Babbar (Yahoodi Ki Ladki, Itihas Tumhen Le Gaya Kanhaiya, Sthiti Niyantran Mein Hai, Roshni Ka Safar, Footnotes of Life, Yaar Bana Buddy and Bollywood Ka Salaam 1950 Ke Naam and Jasma Odhan), Waman Kendre (Vedhpashya), etc. He has also worked with Fritz Benewitz, K.N. Panikkar, Habib Tanvir, Barry John, Bansi Kaul and Rudra Prasad Sengupta as an artist. He is a visiting faculty at many institutions including Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai; Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh; Natya Disha Nehru Centre, Mumbai; Sarojini Naidu Drama School, Hyderabad University; SVKM, Mithibai College, Mumbai taking classes on classical and theatre music.
Shri Amod Bhatt receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2014 for his contribution to music in Indian theatre.