State mourns its great son

CM flies to Pune to pay last respects; Rs 10 cr for memorial
Last Updated 24 January 2011, 18:11 IST

Politicians and musicians paid their tributes to the Hindustani classical musician, who breathed his last in Pune. The State government had declared mourning on Monday.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa visited Joshi’s residence in Pune and placed a wreath on the mortal remains of the departed musical genius.

The chief minister flew to Pune in a chartered flight, along with two of his ministerial colleagues Jagadish Shettar and Basavaraj Bommai and Manu Baligar, Director, Kannada & Culture Directorate.

Yeddyurappa announced that that the state government would set aside Rs 10 crore in the coming budget to take up a project in memory of Joshi. He said it could be a memorial or some other project, and the location would be announced.

Governor H R Bhardwaj, in his condolence message, said Bharat Ratna Joshi was the king of Kirana Gharana who mesmerized the music connoisseurs and the commoners equally with his performance all over the world.

In his message, Congress state president G Parameshwara stated that with the death of Pandit Joshi, a chapter in the history of Indian classical music has come to an end.
With his immense knowledge and talent of Hindustani music, he had popularised Abhangs, he added.

Law Minister Suresh Kumar said  the world of music has lost a “precious jewel”.Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Director Mathoor Krishnamurti, Union Minister S M Krishna and Veerappa Moily were among those who have condoled the demise of the legend.

(Published 24 January 2011, 18:11 IST)

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