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."