“Bharat Ratna” Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was a rare genius who could transcend the mundane and transport his audience to the sublime with his gifted voice that captured both anguish and ecstasy passes away at the age of 88.
He was born into a Kannada Brahmin family in Gadag, Karnataka. His father, Gururaj Joshi, was a school teacher and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was the eldest of 16 siblings. He was mostly raised by his step-mother, as his own mother passed away when he was very young.
The ‘Bharat Ratna”, the highest award of the land, bestowed on him in 2008 was nothing but a tribute paid by a grateful nation to a genius called Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, whose melodious exploration of Hindustani classical music enriched lives of a multitude of connoisseurs as well as the common man who doted upon the artistic grandeur of his colossal voice.
May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti!