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Nov 05, 2008 at 12:05am IST

Bharat Ratna for music legend Bhimsen Joshi

New Delhi: Classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi will be honoured with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced late on Tuesday.

President Pratibha Patil is pleased to award the Bharat Ratna to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, an official statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.

Joshi, 88, was born in Gadag district of Karnataka. He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan in 1999 for his contribution to Indian classical music.

HIGH NOTE: Classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi gets Bharat Ratna.

He was also awarded with Padma Bhushan in 1985 and Padma Shri in 1972.

In 2005, the Karnataka government honoured him with the Karnataka samman.