Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was an Indian vocalist from Karnataka who took Hindustani Classical music to new heights. His popular renditions primarily had devotional music (Bhajans and Abhangs). As a child, Bhimsen was fascinated by classical musical instruments like Harmonium and Tanpura and used to follow music groups wherever they played. Though, this made his father rather uncomfortable, but he never discouraged him. Bhimsen’s life has been a perfect example of perpetual learning. He spent majority of his youth travelling like nomads in search of his guru. In the process, he met several talented musicians and singers of high caliber who taught him various traits of music.
Pandit bhimsen joshi not only sang devotional songs in Kannada but also in Marathi and Hindi. He appeared in a song “Mile sur mera tumhara” which was an instant hit on Doordarshan and is remembered and revered to this very day. Bhimsen sang in a Bollywood movie Ankhahee as a playback singer and which earned him a national award for best male playback singer. He sang more in Kannada and Marathi feature films. For his immense contribution to Indian culture and music, the government of India conferred upon him, the highest civilian honor “Bharat Ratna“.
|Name||Pandit Bhimsen Joshi|
|Full Name||Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi|
|Known for||Singing Hindustani classical music. He popularized the “Khayal” form of singing and predominantly sang devotional songs.|
|Birthday||4th February, 1922|
|Birth Place||Hombal, Gadag District, Karnataka|
|School||Left in search of his guru at an early age. Brief schooling as Madhava music school, Gwalior.|
|Achievements||Joshi gave his first live performance at the age of 19. He was the most proclaimed devotional singer and that too in 3 different languages. Thus, he went on to become the most commercially recorded Hindustani classical vocalist of all time.|
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