Mohan Veena

The Mohan veena is a stringed musical instrument used in Indian classical music. It derives its name from its inventor Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.


The instrument is actually a modified Archtop guitar and consists of 20 strings: 3 melody strings, 5 drone strings strung to the peghead, and 12 sympathetic strings strung to the tuners mounted on the side of the neck. A gourd is screwed into the back of the neck for improved sound quality and vibration. It is held in the lap like a slide guitar.


Some of the popular performers include its inventor Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, fusion artist Harry Manx, former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley, and Pandit Satish Khanwalkar.