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Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : February 4, 2019

Short Biography

Bhimsen Joshi was born on 04-02-1922 in Ron in the state of Karnataka, India. He was an Indian Musician, Singer, Playback Singer & Radio Artist who was well-known for his contribution to devotional music.

Other Name: Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi
Other Professions: Singer Playback Singer Radio Artist
Appearance: Bollywood Marathi

Bhimsen Joshi Complete Bio & Career

Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi was a popular Indian vocalist known in the Hindustani classical music industry. He was famous for the devotional music's renditions and the singing form 'khayal'. He was inclined towards musical instruments like Tanpura and harmonium from childhood. He used to follow processions with music bands. He would end up sleeping anywhere after that, creating trouble for his family to find him.
Agasara Channappa was his 1st music teacher.He learned Ragas Bhimpalasi and Bhairav. He developed his skills with advanced training. He later approached classical singer and priest Pandit Shyamacharya Joshi to learn singing and playing harmonium. He accompanied Shree Shamacharya Joshi to Bombay for recording songs. But Shree Shamacharya Joshi fell ill and was able to record only a few songs. This gave chance to Bhimsen Joshi to record rest of the songs, giving him a major breakthrough in his career.
He was inspired to become a musician after hearing Raga Jhinjhoti by Abdul Karim Khan in Thumri "Piya Bin Nahi Aavat Chain". He was a fan of Pandit Sawai Gandharva.He traveled to Dharwad, Pune and then Gwalior in search of Guru. He joined Madhava Music School which was operated by Maharajas of Gwalior. Sawai Gandharva became his guru and he learned from him by staying at his house. His 1st live performance was when he was 19 years old. HMV released his debut album in 1942, containing devotional songs in both Hindi and Marathi language.
His popular ragas include Miyan Ki Todi, Shuddha Kalyan, Puriya Dhanashri, Bhimpalasi, Multani, Darbari. He recorded a Jugalbandi with the Carnatic singer M. Balamuralikrishna.He was influenced by Smt. Kesarbai Kerkar, Ustad Amir Khan, and Begum Akhtar. He was famous for his bhakti songs in Dasavani, Kannada, Santavani, and Marathi.
He had also worked as a playback singer for many films such as Basant Bahar, Sandhya Raga, Birbal My Brother, Ankahee etc. His songs "Ramya Hi Swargahun Lanka", "e pariya sobagu", 'Bhagyadalakshmi Baaramma' were famous. He suffered from bilateral pneumonia and gastrointestinal bleeding in 2010.Though he recovered slightly, but his condition became worse and he took his last breath in January 2011.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1972 Arts
Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1985 Arts
Padma Vibhushan Civilian Award 1999 Arts
Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 2009 Arts

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Bhimsen Joshi died on 24-01-2011 in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He was suffering from bilateral pneumonia and gastrointestinal bleeding. He was on ventilator support due to breathing problem in Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital.

DEATHDAY 24 January,2011 (Wednesday)
DEATH PLACE Pune, Maharashtra

Bhimsen Joshi Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to a homemaker Godavaribai and an author of Kannada-English dictionary Gururaj Joshi in a Madhwa Brahmin family. He had 15 siblings. His mother died when he was young. His stepmother raised him. He married his maternal uncle's daughter Sunanda Katti in 1944. The couple has 4 kids including Anand, Usha, Raghavendra, and Sumangala. He married again with his co-actor from Kannada play Bhagya-Shree, Vatsala Mudholkar without separating from his previous wife. They have 3 kids from the relationship Shubhada, Shrinivas, and Jayant Joshi.

Life's Important Dates Of Bhimsen Joshi

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Gadag, Karnataka
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Pune, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Traveling
Marital Status Married
Debut First Devotional Song Album Released in 1942
Official Website www.bhimsenjoshiron.com

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Bhimsen Joshi

  • He had served as a radio artist.
  • He was married twice without legally separating from the first wife.
  • His father wrote a message o his t-shirt which means 'Son of teacher' so that it would be easy to find him or in order to allow people to leave him at the house.

Bhimsen Joshi Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Bhimsen Joshi was 88 years 11 months & 20 days old age.