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Music scheme to be named after Bhimsen Joshi

Posted on Jan 03, 07:39AM | IANS

The Maharashtra cabinet Wednesday approved a classical music scheme named after Pandit Bhimsen Joshi ahead of his second death anniversary, an official said.

"In accordance with the State Cultural Policy, 2010, five new sub-schemes will be implemented in the name of Joshi to encourage upcoming artists in the field of music. These will include a scholarship programme, classical music festival, hostel for students, a lifetime achievement award and aid to a notable music institute," the official said.

A Bharat Ratna awardee, Joshi passed away Jan 24, 2011 in a Pune hospital. he was 88.

The cabinet has granted Rs.45.66 lakh for the five programmes, the official added.

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'.