Pandit Rajendra Kandalgaonkar

Versatile Indian Classical Music Vocalist


BharatRatna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Rajendra Kandalgaonkar is one of the most popular exponents of Hindustani Classical music. He has received worldwide acclaim for his innovative techniques and dexterity. He has established himself equally and firmly both in quality-conscious international music and in the highly demanding, critical field of Indian music. A strong groundwork in music through training Rajendra Kandalgaonkar has been trained by some of the most renowned Gurus. At the young age of 7 he began his basic training in vocal music from Pandit Vishnu A Ghag, of the Gwalior Gharana. This spanned an intensive 18 years, from 1967 to �84. He then moved on, since 1980, to train under none other than the maestro of Indian Vocal Classical himself, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi of Kirana Gharana.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is the descendant of Kirana stream of Hindustani classical music. He is famous for the "Khayal", a form of Hindustani classical. Bhimsen Joshi was interested in music since a very young age and at the age of 11 he left home in search of a Guru. Read the fascinating life history of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi in this short biography. He found the apt teacher for him very close to his house. Under the tutelage of Savai Gandharva he learnt many ragas and perfected his tone, pitch and the best of Kirana gharana. His sheer determination and hard work has made him what he is today. In the last five decades, his popularity has increased manifold because of the intensity and passion he brings in his songs. Other concert artists truly appreciate his style and the passion that he gets into his songs. His first public performance was at the age of 19. Bhimsen Joshi has perfected not just the Khayal interpretations but has also sung Bhajans in Hindi and Marathi. His bhajans are widely heard by not just ardent music lovers but people all over. This versatile singer has also recorded Kannada Dasa Krithis in Dasavani, which are usually sung by Carnatic musicians. His sheer grit and determination earned him his first Platinum Disc in 1986. He has also been presented the Padma Shree in 1972, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1985 and Bharat Ratna. Perhaps some of his best performances have been at Savai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, which is held in Pune annually. It has been a regular feature since the past 3 decades and has become an institution of sorts. His most memorable performance that is remembered till date is of course the national integration song "Mile Sur Mera Tumhara". His golden voice appealing to Indians to come together and stand as one nation is an evergreen number that is hummed by one and all even today. He has collaborated with many other renowned musicians like Hariprasad Chaurasiya, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Dr. Balamuralikrishna and has come out with many albums. He is a legend who continues to weave magic with his unique voice even today

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