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Bhimsen Joshi, My Father

Raghavendra Bhimsen Joshi and Shirish Chindhade, ISBN 13: 9780199467112, Year : 2016, Rs. 550 Rs. 462 (Free shipping within India only. No extras for postage and handling. )


One of the foremost exponents of the Hindustani classical tradition, music maestro Pandit Bhimsen Joshi (1922?2011) mesmerized audiences with his soulful renditions of bhajans and khayals. A legend who amalgamated technical skill with passion and intensity, who took the kirana gharana to the masses, he was conferred the Bharat Ratna in 2009?the only male vocalist, so far, to have been honoured with this award. In this intensely emotional account, Bhimsen Joshi and his first wife Sunanda?s son, Raghavendra, journeys from childhood to adulthood to recreate his father?s life, piecing together the myriad anecdotes and revelations he gathered over the years from various family members. He reminisces the days spent with his Bhimanna, the early morning riyaz with a resonating tanpura, the drives across the country for a concert, the Bhairavi echoing in distant horizons, as well as tales of his interaction with common people and his mastery over several languages.