Pandit Bhimsen Joshi passes away today

Legendry classical vocalist Bhimsen Joshi passes away at 8:00 am (IST) at Sayadari hospital in Pune today. He was 88. For few days, he was on life support system. He was suffering from age related disease. He was conferred with the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in 2008.

In his critical condition, tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain visited him in Pune hospital. Close family members were by his side when Joshi breathed his last. He was also the member of Kirana Gharana.

Doctors tried their level best but could not save the maestro as both his kidneys and lungs stopped working. His last rites will be performed today.