The Bharat Ratna, always mired in controversy, has this time gone to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, a bit late in the day. My knowledge of classical Hindustani and Carnatic music is limited. Instinct takes me to it or away; not all of Panditji’s singing attracted me; there seemed to be a straining of the voice, but then he could go on for hours.
I think of him as a technician, and I know connoisseurs will be at my throat for saying this. I have been touched beyond belief by Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Amir Khan, Siddheshwari Devi, M.S.Subbulakshmi…and Balamurli Krishna.
This is an occasion to felicitate Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, but I have chosen this jugalbandi. Both are Bharat’s ratnas…
Pt Bhimsen Joshi & Dr Balamurali Krishna - Raag Yaman Kalyan