Bhimsen Joshi (Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi) An Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition passed away at a city hospital today after a prolonged illness. He was 89.

He was conferred the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 2008. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the most-celebrated exponent of 'Kirana gharana' of Khansahib Abdul Karim Khan, leaves behind three sons and a daughter.

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Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi (February 4, 1922 – January 24, 2011) was an Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition. A member of the Kirana Gharana (school), he is renowned for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music (bhajans and abhangs). He is the most recent recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, awarded in 2008

He was born into a Kannada Brahmin family in the town of Gadag in northern part of Karnataka state. His father, Gururaj Joshi, was a school teacher. Bhimsen is the eldest in a family of 16 siblings. Some of the siblings still live in their ancestral home in Gadag. Bhimsen lost his mother when he was young, and his step mother raised him.

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