Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Bhimsen was born into a Brahmin family of Gadag in Karnataka in 1922. His childhood was spent there. As a child, Bhimsen was deeply influenced by his mother, whose bhajans the young boy loved to hear.
He wandered through several spaces in search for a master, met and learned music from various maestros but never satisfied. Passing Pune, Bombay and finally Bhimsen reached Gwalior.
From the Gwalior maestro Vinayak Rao Patwardhan, he got an advice; learn music from Sawai Gandharv, an outstanding disciple of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, in Kundagol, Karnataka. Bhimsen had met his guru (master) in Sawai Gandharv.