Monday, January 24, 2011

RIP! Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, the Emperor of all melodies...

Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi 
the Emperor of all melodies, rest in eternal peace... 
Today, one of the most incredible Indian Classical Musician of our time, 
A true music maestro breathed his last!
He will be missed... RIP!

 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi has passed away this morning in Pune/India. The celebrated Hindustani classical vocalist, who was a Bharat Ratna awardee, led the renaissance of Indian classical music with the passion and power of a one-man chorus in an epic saga of struggle and single pointed thirst for music.
He was the recipient of several awards including the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree, Joshi added his own distinctive style excelling in gamakar, meend and tanakriya and adapting characteristics from other gharanas to create a unique vocal idiom.
Joshi's rendition of 'Miley Sur Mera Tumhara' along with other doyens of music--Balmurli Krishna and Lata Mangeshkar -- that virtually became an unofficial national anthem in a humble way in 1988 captured the hearts of millions of Indians!...

The death of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi on Monday plunged the entire classical music community in sorrow.
Prabha Atre, an exponent of the Kirana Gharana, called Joshi an extraordinary man, “who was not just Bharat ratna but ‘vishwa' ratna. With his demise, the entire Indian classical music community feels orphaned. It is now a big responsibility on us, to continue the rich tradition left behind by him,” a tearful Ms. Atre said....
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi - Miyan Ki Malhar - Pune, 1971
Accompaniments- Pt.Eknath Thakurdas - harmonium, Pt.Chandrakant Kamat- tabla

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