What made this Bharat Ratna a legend in his lifetime was not just his individualistic gayaki. 'There was a recklessness in his approach to life which had its own magnetism'
It was a cold winter morning, way back in the 1990s. Outlook photo editor T. Narayan ended up capturing some music on his camera.
Is it a case of better late than never? The ailing 86-year old is the first Hindustani classical vocalist to be so honoured with India's highest civilian award
Legendary singer Bhimsen Joshi's eldest son from his first wife reclaims his father
The State wants to be the grand jury, playing patron like the old nawabs and rajas. But art is a sovereign nation... and just how do you summon a king to the court?
So wrote the proud father of Bhimsen Joshi, pointing out, "Although this artiste is a pure Kannadaiga, since he happened to settle down in Pune ..he is praised as a Maharastrian. The other reason for his appropriation is...
'I told him he had no future as a singer... He lived in my house for a while. I would pay him a tenner or two for running errands and then he suddenly disappeared one day...'
While we usually read sons writing about their fathers, the proud father of Bhimsen Joshi wrote on his accomplished son's musical journey nearly 47 years-ago in a rare and forgotten essay.
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