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Reliving a Legend

In honour of the inspiration that he was,this group of music lovers has organised a concert in memory of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

“Pandit Bhimsen Joshi inspired his audiences. And that is the kind of inspiration that stays with you. This is what we want to encourage through IMAGIN: inspiration for life,” says Sushruti Santhanam,co-ordinator,IMAGIN (The Indian Music Appreciation Group of IUCAA and NCRA). This group of music lovers has organised a concert in memory of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi today evening at Chandrashekhar Auditorium,IUCAA.

“The youth today have almost lost touch with Indian classical music and hardly have time for it. It is our aim to help people understand and appreciate classical music,” says Santhanam. Since its inauguration in December 2010,IMAGIN has encouraged its employee and student communities to engage in the classical music heritage of India. Today’s concert will pay homage to the artiste whose voice enthralled and mesmerised music patrons for generations. The concert will be presented by Pandit Upendra Bhat,reputed singer of the Kirana Gharana and a disciple of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

“Someone like Panditji,who created such perfection in his music,was not only inspiring for classical music lovers but for everyone in general,” Santhanam adds. “Everyone would take away something valuable from his performances.”

This informal group started by the students,employees and people living on the campus of Pune University has been organising similar programmes for people from in and around the campus to give them an opportunity to listen to and appreciate classical music. “Sometimes,we invite students from other educational institutions and at times the concerts are open to the general public as well,” Santhanam adds. The concert in memory of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is open to the public but has limited seats. “We want people to not only enjoy these programmes but also to learn how to appreciate the music. We request the performing artistes to interact with the audience and share a few words about their art. It should be a holistic experience for those who attend these events,” she adds.