Who was Guru of Bhimsen Joshi?
Pandit Sawai Gandharva, whose original name was Rambhau Kundgolkar from the Kirana Gharana was the Guru of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Firoz Dastur, and Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru.
- Pandit Sawai Gandharva was himself diciple of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi had released his first album which was a collection of devotional songs in Hindi and Kannada at the age of 20 years, but his first live performance was held in Pune in 1946 to mark the shashtabdipoorti (60 years) of his guru Sawai Gandharva.
- Pandit Joshi & Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal founded Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, the largest and most sought-after Indian Classical music festivals in India at Pune which is held annually.