His Master's Voice,And
Continuing in his Guru,Pt.Bhimsen Joshi's
footsteps,Upendra Bhat forges ahead.
Gratitude for his
teacher writ large,he gushes,"I may not know all about the Kirana
Gharana,but I definitely know about Bhimsen Gharana.His strong
principles,concentration and simplicity are worth emulating.Whatever
people may think,his patience as a teacher is amazing.A man of quiet
and serious disposition - that's what he is."
But Bhat is not
blind in his veneration.Listening to various classical singers,he
also learnt some unusual raags from Pandit Jitendra Abhshekhi.From
1985,Bhat began his solo recitals,annually touring
Amritsar,Benares;also visiting London,Bahrain,Dubai and giving
television shows like Chaitraban.Now he even guides a couple of
students.Yet his knowlege remains unquenched;convinced as he is that
he has absorbed only about a fraction of all that there is to be
learnt."Every performance sets off yet another journey towards
perfection.Somehow,Iam not satisfied,at times frustrated
too.Especially when I learn a new raag,it reinforces the feeling
that I know so little..."he muses.
....The destination is in
sight,the road ahead still a long