Eminent Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi died of
old age related ailments Monday morning at a hospital here, his
doctor said. He was 88.
A Bharat Ratna awardee, Joshi died at Pune's Sahyadri Hospital at
8.05 a.m, his doctor Atul Joshi said.
Joshi, who would have turned a year older Feb 4, was rushed to the
Sahyadri Hospital Dec 31. He was suffering from old age related
ailments, including kidney problems, and had been admitted to the
hospital's intensive care unit.
The 88-year old Hindustani classical exponent was on ventilator
and underwent periodic dialysis during the past 25 days.
"However, since Saturday evening, his condition deteriorated and
he started sinking despite all our efforts. He breathed his last
at 8.05 a.m.," Atul Joshi told IANS.
Close family members and relatives were present at his bedside
when Pandit Joshi breathed his last.
Pandit Joshi was conferred Bharat Ratna, the country's highest
civilian award, in 2008.
A practitioner of the Kirana gharana, Joshi was known for his
mellifluous 'khayals' as well as for his popular renditions of
devotional 'abhangs' and 'bhajans'.