Vivan Bhatti studied music at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. He works as a freelance composer, guitarist and theatre musician. His works range from contemporary chamber music, experimental music and dance theatre, stage and film music to electronic hip-hop based productions.
With his brother Ketan Bhatti, he forms a composition and production team in the areas between new, electronic and popular music.
Their compositions for film range from feature films to documentaries in both television and cinema productions. Their music theatre pieces pose questions about integration and exclusion and have premiered, for example, at the Neuköllner Oper, the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Hannover.
Vivan Bhatti's music is included in productions at many major German-speaking theatres (including Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schauspiel Köln, Staatstheater Dresden, Residenztheater München).
In 2019, together with Ketan Bhatti, he wrote the music for the urban dance show Flying pictures, which was created in collaboration with the Flying Steps and the artist duo Osgemeos and premiered at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. The album of the same title was released by Sony Classic.
In September 2022, their opera Berlin Alexanderplatz, based on the novel by Alfred Döblin, was premiered as a cross-disciplinary project at the Theater Bielefeld.
- 150 years of Pictures at an Exhibition in 2024 - Orchestral version by Ketan and Vivan Bhatti
- 2024 marks 150 years since the premiere of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky. Since then, the piece has been arranged and orchestrated many times, the most known adaption is the orchestral version by Maurice Ravel, that made this piece world-famous. The composer duo Vivan and Ketan Bhatti took Mussorgsky's version as a starting point for the composition and contemporary interpretation of their piece Flying Pictures at an Exhibition.