Great Hindustani classical, Bhajan and Abhanga vocalist Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi
Name : Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi
Honor : Bharat Ratna (2008)
Profession : Classical, Raga, Bhajan & Abhanga vocalist
Founder : Sawai Gandharva Music Festival
Born : Ron, Gadag, Karnataka
Date of Birth : 04/02/1922
Death : 24/01/2011
Biography of Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (Marathi : पंडित भीमसेन गुरुराज जोशी)
The great Hindustani classical, bhajan, khayal, thumri and abhanga vocalist Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was born on 4th February 1922 at Ron, distict Gadag, Karnataka. They born in kannad family. From childhood Pandit Bhimsen was crazy about classical music. His grandfather was a great Kirtankar and they attracted so much about bhajan and abhanga. They use to sing a bhajan and abhanga early childhood listen from his grandfather and from others.
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, start searching for musical guru to learn classical music. For that Pt. Joshi left his home at the age of 11 year. They travel Dharawad, Bijapur, Delhi, Kolkata, Gwalior, Lucknow and Rampur but they not found any one master classical musician. At Jaladhar his father Pt. Gururaj Joshi, professional teacher track him and get him back to home.
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi found her guru Pt. Rambhau Kundgolkar (Sawai Gandharva) in 1936 at the age of 14 year. They continue their training of Hindustani classical music from Sawai Gandharva till 1940. After completion of training they moved to Mumbai. In Mumbai at the age of 19 they get a job of Radio Artist. Soon his 1st devotional album of Hindi & Kannada Bhajan, abhanga was released by HMV.
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi dedicated his whole life to promote and development of Indian classical music, they renowned for the khayal type of singing. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi popular for ragas includes Shuddha Kalyan, Miyan Ki Todi, Puriya Dhanashri, Multani, Bhimpalas, Darbari, and Ramkali. There devotional abhanga and bhajan song was so famous including santwani in Marathi, they sing in Hindi and Kannada also. Their song about Vitthal Bhakti (Pandharpur), Maze Maher Pandhari and Mazi bahin chandrabhaga was so popular. They play Playback Singing in several movies include Basant Bahar, Birbal My Brother, Tansen and Ankahee.
They get awarded Padma Shree in year 1972. After this in 1976 they awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi awarded by Padma Vibhushan, Maharashtra Bhushan, Karnataka Ratna and recently in year 2008 awarded India's highest civilian award of Bharat Ratna.
On Monday 24th January 2011 Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi died at 8 am in Pune's Sahyandri Hospital, Maharashtra at the age of 89 years.
Watch Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's Maze Maher Pandhari Video
Watch Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's live performance at Sawai Gandharva Music Festival, Pune Video
He was a great vocalist.
Mrs. Medha Srikanth