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    Bhimsen Joshi to be presented Swami Haridas Award

    New Delhi (PTI): Veteran classical singer Pt Bhimsen Joshi will be conferred the first Swami Haridas Award instituted in the memory of the legendary saint-musician.

    Joshi, 86, has been selected for the award for his outstanding work in the filed of classical singing, Swami Haridas samiti secretary Gopi Goswami told a press conference here.

    The vocalist, a descendant of 'Kirana Gharana,' is renowned for the 'Khayal' form of singing and for his bhajans.

    A pioneer of Hindustani classical music, Swami Haridas, who had Tansen and Baiju Bawara as disciples, chose music as a way of worshipping.

    Joshi will be presented Rs one lakh along with a silver statue of Swami Haridas as part of the award, he said.

    The samiti will also organises a Swami Haridas-Tansen music festival in the capital on December 9-10.


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