Celebrated vocalist Bhimsen Joshi has been honoured with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. In past years he has received several awards like Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. He left his house to pursue singing, albeit his father is a school teacher he didnot allow him to do so. He left his house when he was 11. His first album was released when he was 20. His first album was featuring bhajans in Kannada and Hindi. Being honoured with several awards, Bhimsen Joshi is known for starting an annual classical musical festival in the memory of his guru.