Legendary Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passed away at a Pune hospital on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 89 and had been put on life support system following old age- related ailments.
Bhimsen Joshi is the most-celebrated exponent of ‘Kirana gharana’ of Khansahib Abdul Karim Khan. Born on February 4, 1922 at Gadag in Dharwad district of Karnataka, Joshi became famous with a concert in Pune in January 1946 on the occasion of the 60th birthday of his guru Sawai Gandharva.
Bhimsen Joshi was known for his powerful voice, amazing breath control, fine musical sensibility and unwavering grasp of the fundamentals of Hindustani classical music.
Joshi was honoured with the Padma Shri (1972), Sangeet Natak Akademi award for Hindustani vocal music (1975), Padma Bhushan (1985) and Madhya Pradesh government’s “Tansen Samman” in 1992. Bharat Ratna was bestowed on him in 2008.