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Indian Cultural Personality

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who holds a legendary status in
Indian Classical music was born in Gadag (Karnataka) on 14 February 1922. A conservative schoolmaster's son,
Bhimsen Joshi had a passion for music even from his early childhood. He travelled to Bijapur, Pune, Gwalior where he
tutored under Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan, and father of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

Bhimsen Joshi sings in the khayal style and has
also rendered heavenly thumris & bhajans. Some of his popular numbers are 'Piya milan ki aas', 'Jo bhaje hari ko sada',
'Mile sur mera tumhara' etc. He has improvised and combined ragas to form new ragas like the Kalashri (Kalavati and
Rageshri) and Lalit-Bhatiyar (Lalit and Bhatiyar ragas) and has also developed and excelled in an uni-que style of
singing adapting characteristics from other gharanas. Be it a new raga or a bhajan, khyal or kirti he performs with
absolute ease moving from one pitch to another in the same breath effortlessly. His first public concert to
mark the shashtyabdipoorti (60th birthday) of his guru Sawai Gandharva, was held in Pune in January 1946.
By the early 50's his voice became known throughout the country and then he began to travel extensively
in India and abroad giving concerts.
This musical marvel is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Padma Shri
from the Indian government, Sangeet Natak Academy Award, the Mysore Sangeet Natak Academy Award etc. Every
year he has been conducting a music festival at Pune with performances of famous classical musicians, to observe his
Gurus death anniversary. Apart from singing his other passion was automobiles, where he had a definite flair for fixing
engines. In his eighties now, the Pundit who had been riding the crest of popularity for the last several decades has
announced his retirement plan in a recent concert (2005-'06).


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