Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Bhimsen Joshi

...those who packed concert halls to listen to him sing, as Indians did for over six decades, rarely mentioned his technique. Instead, they would talk about how he had made them feel ....  
For nobody could match the extraordinary ability of Bhimsen—always Bhimsen to his listeners—to capture the essential character of a raga, whether playful or grave, and send audiences out into the night humming, with the music under their skin, almost stunned with the force of something they could not quite comprehend. ....

This is what The Economist said of Bhimsen Joshi, in an unusually readable obituary.

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