PM condoles demise of vocalist Bhimsen Joshi

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New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condoled the demise of legendary vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Dr. Singh in his message said the nation and the music world has lost a towering musical genius and the most famous and accomplished exponent of the Kirana Gharana.

"I was deeply grieved to learn of the sad demise of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. I join music lovers across the world in mourning the demise of this iconic vocalist. In his passing away, the nation and the music world has lost a towering musical genius and the most famous and accomplished exponent of the Kirana Gharana," said Dr. Singh.

"For many decades, Pandit Joshi led the renaissance of Hindustani classical music with his unique style and mastery over ragas. He showed that music knows no linguistic or cultural barriers. He enriched the Kirana gharana through his distinctive individual style and adaptation of characteristics from other gharanas to create a unique vocal idiom. Generations of listeners were enthralled by his mellifluous voice, mastery of rhythm and magnificent renderings of bhajans and khayals," he added.

The Prime Minister further said: "His rendering of the song "Mile Sur Mera Tumhara" on the theme of national integration is etched in the popular consciousness. To honour his exceptional musical talents and his success in reviving a sacred classical tradition among the people, the country bestowed its highest national honour, the Bharat Ratna on him in 2008."

"I convey my heartfelt condolences to you and all the members of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's family, his disciples and admirers around the world," he added in his message.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who enthralled generations of connoisseurs with his renditions of Hindustani classical music, passed away this morning at Pune's Sahyadri Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 89. (ANI)

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