Vocal Concert by Pt. Rajan and Sajan Misra
Artists:Vocal: Pt. Rajan and Sajan Misra
Tabla: Subhen Chatterjee
Harmonium: Sanatan Goswami
Date and Time: Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm.
Rajan and Sajan Misra made remarkable progress in their vocal lessons from their father Pt. Hanuman Prasad Mishra and their uncle Pt. Gopal Mishra. They were also fortunate to have learnt from "Gayanacharya" Pandit Bade Ramdas Mishra. They were blessed with melodious voices as well, and most importantly, they were able to assimilate the essence of the age-old Banaras Gharana with consummate ease. Apart from learning the magnificent compositions which have been handed down the generations, an integral part of their training was the analysis and appreciation of the music of the great masters of music, irrespective of distinctions such as gharana. The brothers were confident singers, and had developed a beautiful understanding between themselves when they sang together. Finally, it was the natural talent for singing Rajan and Sajan had that enabled their father to take the crucial decision to groom them as full-fledged vocalists, though he may never have imagined the fame and popularity that his sons would be blessed with.
Since their first concert when they were in their teens, Rajan and Sajan have performed with great acclaim in almost all the cities of India and have taken part in all the major music conferences of India. Their first concert abroad, in Sri lanka in 1978, paved the way for many subsequent concert tours abroad, particularly in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, UK, The Netherlands, USSR, Singapore, Qatar and Muscat.
Awards, accolades and critical acclaim have come their way often, and in many forms. Notable among them are the Sangeet Natak Academy Award (President’s Award) in 1998, the Sanskrit Award (presented by the Prime Minister of India), Sangeet Nayak (from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh), Sangeet Ratna (Allahabad), Sangeet Bhushan (Varanasi), the Kumar Gandharva Award (1996) and the Kashi Gaurav Award (Varanasi). They received honorary citizenship for the city of Baltimore in USA.