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Post at: Apr 13 2022

100th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

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  • On February 4, 2022, the Prime Minister has remembered Pandit Bhimsen Joshi on his 100th birth anniversary.

About Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi

  • Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi was born  on February 4, 1922.
  • He was died on January 24, 2011.
  • He was one of the greatest Indian vocalists in the Hindustani classical tradition. 
  • He is known for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs). 
  • Joshi belongs to the Kirana gharana tradition of Hindustani Classical Music.
  • His most memorable performance that is recalled by his fans even today is the song ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’. 
  • In 2008, he was conferred with the Bharat Ratna (India’s highest civilian award) in 2008.
  • He was also awarded with Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship and Lifetime achievement award.

Kirana Gharana

  • The name of this school of music derives from Kirana or Kairana, a town and tehsil of Shamli District in Uttar Pradesh. 
  • It is the birthplace of Abdul Karim Khan who was one of the most important musicians of this gharana and of Hindustani music in general in the twentieth century.
  • A frequent visitor to the Court of Mysore, Abdul Karim Khan was also influenced by Carnatic music, and roots of the tradition can also be traced back to his great-grandfather Ghulam Ali and Ghulam Maula, the brother of Ghulam Ali.
     

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