Pt Bhimsen Joshi cremated with state honours
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Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011, 23:30
Pune: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Monday joined the country in paying tributes to Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, who was cremated here.

Krishna, who flew in from the national capital in a special flight, described Joshi as a legend in his own lifetime and one of the greatest musicians ever born.

Krishna, representing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, also placed a wreath and took part in the ceremonial gun salute that was accorded to the titan of the Indian music world.

"A glorious era of Hindustani classical music has come to an end...He (Joshi) was truly a Bharat Ratna in the real sense of the term. The youngsters, who are in the music scene, has so much to be inspired by a legendary figure like him. On behalf of the Government of India, on behalf of the people, I would like to convey our severe condolences to his immediate family. In a sense, the whole of India was a family to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi," Krishna said.

In a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, Krishna was quoted as saying, "In his demise, not only India but the entire world has lost a shining light of music and a master of its intricacies.

"Panditji’s contribution to the classical Indian music and to introducing this rich heritage of India to the world is eternal and second to none. His glorious artistry will continue to pervade the hearts and minds of music lovers all over the world."


First Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 23:30

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