When I was about 14 years old in 1988, I heard Pandit Bhimsen Joshi voice very first time in my life in an Indian National Integration song called 'Mile Sur Mera Tumhara'. The moment I heard his voice, I felt like my spine was shaking with an ultimate bliss and I still have the same feeling whenever I listen to his voice. In my opinion and experience, he has Khayal's greatest male voice. Although 'Pandit Bhimsen Joshi' born in Karnataka (South India), he achieved greatest success in North Indian Classical Music.
The Sicilian nobleman Sigismondo d'India was roughly contemporary with Monteverdi (both began their careers around 1600); the musical ferment of that period led, in d'India's case, to a very heady brew. His madrigals–duets, solos and five-voice works–are like inebriated Monteverdi: d'India set the Italian poetic texts (usually dealing with a lover's pain) with even less regard for academic counterpoint and even more surprising twists of harmony than did his more-famous colleague, yet the music never veers into the disorienting, seemingly willful weirdness of Gesualdo.