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35 – In a Family Portrait as a young girl, she was later married to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

My grandmother Vatsala Joshi (extreme right) with her grandmother, parents and siblings. Pune, Maharashtra.Circa 1937

Image and text contributed by Yashoda Joshi.

My Grandmother Vatsala Bhimsen Joshi (nee Mudholkar) was a very beautiful person. She was born in 1928 and was the fifth child of the family. She had 3 elder sisters, an older brother, four younger sisters and 2 younger brothers. She was a great singer as well, and appreciated and encouraged lot of young musicians. She inculcated the love of music and life in all her children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and nephews/nieces. A very enthusiastic and strong woman she loved travelling. Collecting and wearing beautiful sarees was her passion. She was married to Padmashree awarded, Indian Classical Vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and had three children.

This photograph of the Mudholkar Family is taken in Pune with her parents Shrikrishna and Saraswati, grandmother Laksmi and brothers and sisters. Two of her younger sisters were not born yet.

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Responses (5)

  1. Aw, this was a really nice post. http://www.indianmemoryproject.com is really good. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  2. Yashoda says:

    I would like to mention the names of my grand-aunts and grand-uncles present in the photograph from left : Kunda Pande, Indumati Arora, Shakuntala Konkar, Madhukar Mudholkar, Irawati Rajpathak (with father) , Govind Mudholkar (standing in the middle), Arunkumar Mudholkar (sitting on his mother’s lap) and my grandmother Vatsala Joshi.

  3. Yashoda says:

    Most of my Grand-aunts and Grand-uncles are in this photograph. From left Kunda Pande, Indumati Arora, Shakuntala Konkar, Madhukar Mudholkar,Irawati Rajpathak with her father, Govind Mudholkar (standing in the middle), Arunkumar Mudholkar on his mother’s lap and my grandmother Vatsala Joshi. I mention their names because they were a very very important part of both my grandmother’s life

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