Kolkata musicians remeber Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Kolkata, Jan 24 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Expressing grief at the demise of  the doyen of classical music Bhimsen Joshi, noted vocalist Ajoy Chakraborty said he was the reincarnation of legendary ‘Bhima’ of Mahabharata who will continue to live among his followers through his renditions.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B00006LPEG” display=”inlinepost”]”I feel he was blessed with the energy and stamina of Bhima of Mahabharata and aptly named Bhimsen Joshi. He was the modern-day incarnation of Bhima, who could create magic with his ragas. His death is a irreparable loss to the world of Classical music,” Chakraborty told IBNS on Monday evening.
“We mortals only have one life. There are very few people on earth who believe this and respect other fellow human beings. Bhimsen Joshi was one of them.He was a humanist music lover whose only addiction was music.His philosophy was aptly reflected in his simple way of life, down-to-earth demeanour and his music,”  he observed.
“The present generation needs to know about such a great human that he was and will always continue to be alive through his beautiful renditions,” Chakraborty said.
“I have been associated with him since 1979 and have heard about his arduous struggles in his early life. He had worked as a servant to make ends meet and never considered any work as demeaning,”  the musician said while remembering him with a heavy heart.
Ustad Rashid Khan, another maestro of classical music, also rued the death of Joshi.
“His sad demise is a heavy blow to the world of classical music. People like Bhimsen Joshi are rare. His renditions are immortal. It’s sad that we will now only be able to hear him only in records,” Khan said.
“Recollecting fond memories with him, Khan said, ” I was closely associated with him and happened to perform in Mumbai some years back. It was moment of great honour for me, which I will always treasure.”
Noted percussionist Bickram Ghosh said: “Like many others, I also have been greatly influenced by his music. My father had performed with him. His popularity and music has transcended the barriers of nations. He was undoubtedly a world musician who has left an indelible imprint through his lilting renditions.”
Legendary Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passed away on Monday, leaving behind a mourning nation and an irreplaceable void in the music scene.

A Bharat Ratna awardee, the music maestro, who had been on life-support system for the past few days, breathed his last at the Sayadari hospital here at about 8 am.

Joshi’s death has cast a pall of gloom in the nation, especially in the music fraternity.

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