The inauguration of 'Bharatratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Kaladalan', an art complex established by Pune Municipal Corporation, for honouring late singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, was done by Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday. The minister, on this auspicious occasion announced that the state government will start a classical musical scholarship in the memory of the legend Bhimsen.
Earlier Chavan had also declared a classical music lifetime achievement awards, with Rs. 1 lakh and a memento, in the Panditji's memory. The minister was quiet impressed with the work of PMC on the memorial of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi who belonged to Karnataka, but chose Pune as his home town. The minister said that the Kaladalan is a real presentation of the classical work of Bhimsen.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, state cooperatives minister Harshwardhan Patil, mayor Mohansingh Rajpal, deputy mayor Prasanna Jagtap, leader of opposition in the PMC Aba Bagul and Joshi"s son Shriniwas, with other journalist and corporators also graced the occasion.