The Versatile Bhimsen Joshi Vol 2

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

About this album

If an opinion poll is held to decide the most popular classical vocalist in India, the verdict will undoubtedly go in favor of Bhimsen Joshi. However, popularity apart, Bhimsen Joshi stands tall among his peers as a highly versatile genius too. For close to four decades he has regaled his fans with a whole range of musical forms from khayal to thumri and from bhajans to
natyageet. So much so, that for the uninitiated common man the name Bhimsen Joshi is synonymous with music itself. While all his contemporaries have had their fan following in specific areas, Bhimsen Joshi is one singer whose appeal is truly national. Hence, it would be no exaggeration to say that Bhimsen Joshi is not merely a singer but a phenomenon.

His music has a vital power, which the audiences find irresistible. The mere sound of his voice, which vibrates profusely in the lower octave, exercises a hypnotic effect on the seasoned as well as newly converted listener of classical music. A disciple of Sawai Gandharva, this finest product of Kirana School has garnered more accolades and awards than he can
remember. Today Bhimsen Joshi is a legend in his own time. Music Today proudly presents the varied and wide repertoire of this rare artist in this series.

Nadiya kinare, Thumri Pilu

Nadiya kinare is a thumri, which many listeners of Hindustani music are familiar with. Based on the raga Pilu, Bhimsen Joshi's interpretaion of the thumri has a special Kirana flavour. Bhimsen Joshi executes subtle graces with different modulations of his pliant voice. He makes the piece expressive through his myriad variations on the main theme. The tala
employed here is traditional Deepchandi of 14 beats, sung in a tempo appropriate to the form.

Naina rasile, dadra Mishra Gara

Kaun albele ki naar tore naina rasile is a dadra, which Bhimsen fans appreciate immensely. Set to a brisk pace, it unfolds a host of romantic images in a quick succession. There is an artistic touch to Bhimsen Joshi's projection of the voice and the inflections he invests his phrases with. There is swinging lilt to his presentation of the song, which is based on the raga
Mishra Gara.

Babul mora naihar, thumri Bhairavi

Babul mora naihar is a truly ageless Bhairavi thumri composed by Wajid Ali Shah, the last Prince of Avadh. The musician prince composed it when he was forced to abdicate and sent into exile by the British in 1857. Although this number is more than 150 years old, it continues to haunt musicians and music-lovers even today. Bhimsen Joshi has concluded countless
concerts with this plaintive song and its effect has stayed on in the minds of his fans. Here the song pulls at the very heartstrings of the listeners with amazing poignancy.


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