Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is no more..

An era in Indian classical music came to a close today as veteran Hindustani vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passed away in Pune earlier today. A Bharat Ratna awardee belonging the Kirana gharana of classical music, Bhimsen Joshi is perhaps best remembered by Indian populace for his opening of the iconic national integration song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. Apart from the numerous classical compositions that he has immortalized with his inimitable rendition style, Bhimsen Joshi also did playback for a few movies including the classic duel with Manna Dey from Basant Bahaar, Ketki Gulaab Juhi. We leave you with a video of that, and a few other memorable renditions of his. RIP Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, you shall be sorely missed.