Famous Musicians of India

Remembering Pt. Bhimsen Joshi

It has been almost an year. I turn my bike to the way going to Kalashree, the residence of late Maestro, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. I know, he is not there, but still I cannot resist. I used to take this road when he was living there. I myself cannot understand why I take that road even though I know he is not there? I have now decided to find an answer.

May be, I am searching Bhimsen Joshi. Searching madly. And my poor mind knows only this much- If he can be found by chance, it will be at his home, Kalashree. A poor dog of master madly watches at gramophone playing records of his master, with blind hope that he is still there and will come out of it.

I am also like that mad lover. I also feel, I will catch him in the garden of Kalashree. People can laugh at this but they do not know what this man has given to me. Only a lover can know this.

When Pt. Bhimsen Joshi passed away, from that day, I could not listen to his records. I did not feel like. My father used to listen to them a lot, but I avoided. Now, it is almost one year Pt. Bhimsen Joshi has left us. Today morning, I come to know that only his notes can satisfy me. No one else can do it.

Now I am almost satisfied. i use word almost because I know I am far away from total satisfaction. It might need pains taken by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi to be completely satisfied.

I am listening to him right from I was in womb of my mother.  At this moment I can write only this much-

रस भिनी भिनीया

तेरो नयनका संग


I am awake with your eyes full of…..I do not know the English word for रस…it is beyond scope of this language….

By Mandar Karanjkar

Mandar Karanjkar is author, motivational speaker and consultant based in Pune. Mandar works with handful of organizations helping them with strategy, communication and culture. Mandar is trained in Indian Classical Music over a decade. He is a classical singer and flute player.

Mandar has written columns for many reputed newspapers. Engineer by profession, he conducts workshops and delivers talks on subjects as wide as strategy, innovation, online marketing, spirituality, Kabir, Zen etc.

Mandar is a published author.

2 replies on “Remembering Pt. Bhimsen Joshi”

your writing is strong enough to show me what a desperate lover of music you are….Writing down what I am exactly feeling now is beyond my scope……..

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