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Updated: January 26, 2011 21:11 IST

Maharashtra institutes award in memory of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

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A file picture of veteran Hindustani Classical singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi during a performance in Bhopal. Photo: A. M. Faruqui.
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A file picture of veteran Hindustani Classical singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi during a performance in Bhopal. Photo: A. M. Faruqui.

Maharashtra government has instituted an award for lifetime achievement in the field of classical music in memory of Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Pandit Joshi, a doyen in the field of Hindustani vocal music passed away in Pune on Monday.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the award would be given away every year to an artist who has made valuable contribution to classical music.

“The award comprises cash prize of Rs one lakh and a citation,” he added.

Similarly, Mr. Chavan said a scheme to encourage classical music in the state will be announced in the name of Pandit Joshi.

The scheme includes government grants for gurukul, classical music concerts, scholarships, music conferences, he added.


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