Bhimsen Joshi, a divine miracle, was born in Karnataka on February 4,1922. His obsession for music made him leave home in search of aproper Guru in places such as Rampur, Delhi and Calcutta. Finally in histravails, he was directed by Vinayakrao Patwardhan to go to SawaiGandharva. It was under his tutelage that this prodigy acquired hismastery of music.He was blessed with an extremely sweet, flexible voice. With grueling
, he trained his voice in such a way that at one moment flowingsmoothly like a tranquil stream, it could suddenly take a mighty leap of two or more octaves in the next
and then, with a graduallydiminishing vigor, revert gently back to
. His recitals were repletewith such beautiful moments.He had a tremendous control over his voice: he could make his full-throated voice take on a soft velvety texture, could lift it from oneoctave to another, from there to the next, back again to the second andagain to the third, rising high and gliding gracefully back to the point of
, in one breath. It was under the influence of this impressive feat of physical endurance and breath control that his listeners, perceiving it asa divine miracle, swayed in delight.