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Old 5th November 2008, 12:29   #1
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Default Pt Bhimsen Joshi is awarded Bharat Ratna

For all those classical music lovers, it is really heartening to hear that Panditji has recieved the highest civilian award in the country

The Hindu News Update Service

Besides his passion for music, Panditji also has great passion for cars and was known to travel all over the country in his 70's mercedes. He used to be good mechanic himself.

"With his increasing popularity Bhimsen started getting invita- tions to sing at various cities and towns in Maharashtra and Karnataka. To facilitate the keeping of these engagements, he bought a big car and took to driving. The car was so big that it could easily accommodate him and his 4 accompanists besides two tanpuras and other instruments. In this car Bhimsen travelled extensively. One day he would go from Bombay to Belgaum - then on to Bangalore the next day, and back to Pune- only to go off again to Nagpur, Raipur or Bhilai. Back again in Pune, he would rush off to Hyderabad, Solapur and so on these whirlwind tours became a habit with him and in a short while he became an expert driver.
His unbelievably flexible voice enabled him to traverse at terrific speed, the great range of 3 octaves. While at the wheel, he used the same technique as in singing. The spread of his fame and popularity beyond the boundaries of Maharashtra brought him invitations from far off places like Jullundur, Jammu, Srinagar, Delhi, Calcutta and Gauhati. Bhimsen, who had so far matched the speed and agility of his voice with the speed of his car. He then had to switch to air travel. The pilots of Indian Airlines and airport oficials came across Bhimsen so frequently that he was soon known as the ‘flying musician of India’. ''

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About time to, i was always surprised why he never got the award much earlier.

I am not qualified to say anything about his art. Its beyond my comprehension. a truly great gem of India.

He is quite eccentric though. We have a relation to his family and have heard a lot of stories about him during family get togethers. Never had the luck to meet him in person, maybe sometime soon.
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Bharatratna Bhimsen Joshi. Sounds nice.

But his bhajans, while always excellent, sound still better on a Pio4050 when listening on Pio 6x9 ovals.

Wonder why the ICE perfectionists here do not listen to him to test the quality of their setup.
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The man is an Institution. May his long innings in Indian Classical Music go on forever ! Hats off to a master !!
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Thumbs up Bharat Ratna!

This has been a long time coming!

My grand father was an avid listener of Indian classical music and he had a huge collection of tapes and records, which included a number of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi's music.
My father has his own collection of CDs and records with Pt. Bhimsen's voice.

I'm not too familiar with all his works but I think a lot of the younger generation, at some point or other must have surely heard his famous Jo Bhaje Hari Ko Sada, and his "commercial" () venture Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, which was popularised by DoorDarshan in the early-mid 90's.

He truely deserves this honour, but then who am I to speak.
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yes, it was due for sometime. Kudos to his work!

OT: Good to know that someone else also listens to Indian classical music on this forum. With so much discussion on component & sub-woofer setups on the forum, felt that Indian classical music would be alien territory for folks on this forum.
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Congratulations to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

I have had the good fortune of meeting him in person when he performed at my cousins' wedding reception at Bombay in February 1988.
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You should have seen the joy and happiness around kalashri on that day. There were so many visitors and diwali was back once again in laxmi park.

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Quote:
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The spread of his fame and popularity beyond the boundaries of Maharashtra brought him invitations from far off places like Jullundur, Jammu, Srinagar, Delhi, Calcutta and Gauhati.
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Sometimes awards become richer with a person who is conferred with it. This definitely is the case.

As for as the above quote, he made Maharastra his home after he was accomplished.
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Dear all,

Its been a pleasure and honor for members of FIAT Classic Car Club of India on behalf of all auto enthusiasts fraternity to have shared our affection with Shri Bhimsen Joshi ji on the auspicious occasion of the gracing of Bharat Ratna...


We were glad to invite with us Shri Yande ji, owner of Yande garage, Perugate - Pune who gave us all an insight to the wonderful experiences that he shared with Bhimsen ji... He said the spirit of zeal of Joshi ji, his attention to detail and thorough knowledge about the mechanism has been very unique... "Bhimsen ji perfectly indicate the problem just with the tuning sound of the engine..." Mr Yande said , continuing

"And his stamina for driving has been simply amazing...!"

Here are some snaps of his currently cherished Merc...


Passion of Bhimsen ji has been : Music and Automobiles...

Having owned an arrey of charms on wheels including Mercs, FIAT et al his quest for excellence has been unfathomable...!






Mercedes Benz that he owns had been proudly displayed at the recently held Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mohotsav in Pune


Some details of his driving passion shared ( In Marathi )

Am truly glad to share the info with Team BHP Family!

Cheers!
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Am truly glad to share the info with Team BHP Family!
Dude, you have linked to your PERSONAL gmail account pages!!! Take them out, and upload the pics here.
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Try to get his album of Bhajans with Vani Jayram,its a treat listening to it.
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@Chakradar
Can you please upload the pics?
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oops... sorry not yet an expertize in uploads of pics... still learning

None the less, I have shared the pic with karlosdeville

and he has it rightfully uploaded it on team bhp link

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...s-cars-22.html

Enjoy the wonderful pic in time of Bhimsenji with his Fintail Mercedes 200!

Cheers!
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