Homage to Pundit Bhimsen Joshi

February 4, 1922 – January 24, 2011

When the Great Ones of this earth pass away, one can mourn only silently. What accolades can I give to someone who has already been the reigning regent of Hindustani Classical music for decades? The quest of an Indian Classical musician is, it seems to me, to become one with the music. To realise the Hindu precept of तत् त्वम् असि (‘Tat Tvam Asi) : Thou Art That/That Thou Art. To merge oneself into one’s notes until the music and the musician become an inseparable whole. Pundit Bhimsen Joshi certainly achieved that; when he sang, HE was music. And with his passing, we have all lost something precious beyond words. Today, while I mourn our loss, I also exalt in my fortune in having his music in my life, for this music will be with me forever.

Here is a good article about his early life and his quest for a Guru.

To celebrate his life, I present the following Bhajan from his wonderful CD called Bhakti (also published as Krishna Kahiye Ram Japiye), with four wonderful songs, which has given me great listening pleasure over the last twenty odd years. 

Album : Bhakti (Krishna Kahiye Ram Japiye)

Music : Srinivas Khale

Lyrics : Brahmanand

Song : Jo Bhaje Hari Ko Sada

Raga (in Carnatic system) : Sindhu Bhairavi


As the song says, ‘He who thinks of God all the time, is the one who will reach the Ultimate’.

Pundit Bhimsen Joshi has reached the Ultimate.


Filed under Bhajan, Bhimsen Joshi, Hindustani Classical Music

4 responses to “Homage to Pundit Bhimsen Joshi

  1. Kanwal

    I can’t really say that I ‘like’ it, however, I do join you in offering shradhanjali to a Great exponent of classical music. Though naive in understanding the classical music in depth, I have always enjoyed listening to Bhim Sen Ji since my childhood. Passing away of a powerful icon of music — a loss of this world, but gain of the Next ……. . One can possibly equate it with what is said about Guru Teg Bahadur Ji on his Martyrdom …. Teg Bahadur (Bhimsen) ke chalat, bhayo Jagat mein shok, Hey Hey Hey iss jagat mein, Jai Jai Jai Surlok. Thanx for sharing the enthralling compositions of Bhimsen Ji.

    • Well quoted, Kanwal, very appropriate!

      • S. Gopalakrishnan

        Nicely written piece…Though we were knowing that one day the maestro has to leave, when it happened I experienced a total darkness around…a void…Whenever great legends leave the stage, it happens…Life has to move on…Thanks Suja
        S. Gopalakrishnan, Delhi

      • Thank you, I believe this grief that you and I share in the passing of this legend will be shared by many others in India. As you have rightly said, when these Great Ones leave us, they leave a void which can never be filled. But then, I believe in rebirth..somewhere there will be a child born of music, in music, for music…

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