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Bhimsen Joshi: Emperor of Musical Notes
|by Mandar Karanjkar|
The morning of 24th January 2011 was a deep pain to all the music lovers. The Indian Classical Music lost one of his legends. The notes were orphan, saddened was the sky. The emperor of Indian Classical Music, a legend, the singer who had attained godlihood through his music, passed away. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, one of the most extraordinary singers India has ever produced, passed away in the cosmos.
All the artists somewhere have desire to showcase their talent. Bhimsen Ji, was never worried about showing his talent. Rather, he was never present in his music, only music was there. He used to be so much absorbed and dissolved in his music, that such small thoughts, like 'I must impress people, I must enchant my crowd' was never present in his music. Thats why, his music was divine. When artist himself disappears from the art, divinity remains.
Bhimsen Joshi was a car lover. He had quite a big fleet of cars at his disposals. He used to drive alone hundreds of miles in his classic Mercedes across whole India. Along with driving, he was a good mechanic also. He was a cricket lover. He loved dogs. He was just a layman when he was with his family. He had all the respected honours like Padmabhushan, Padmavibhushan, Bharat Ratna, Platinum Disc, Sangeet Natak Academy Award on his name, yet he was much separated and elevated from all of them.
Today, though all music lovers and performers feel like losing their father, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is still among us all in the form of his music, Ragas he created, his infinite memories and infinite impacts which his music made in infinite hearts.
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