Pt. Rajan Mishra & Pt. Sajan Mishra
"When we sing we are one soul singing, even through we are in two bodies"
Says Pt. Rajan-Sajan Misra, Born into the family of great maestros of Banaras Gharana withPt. Ganesh Misra (Great Grand Father). Pt. Sursahai Misra (Gramd Father), Gayanacharya Pt. Bade Ram Das Ji Misra, Sarangi Wizards Pt. Hanuman Prasad Misra (their Father), Pt. Goyal Misra (their Uncle).
Pt. Rajan-Sajan Misra's taleem began as if with first breath of life. No wonder therefore, their music is marked by an unequally reposeful exposition of the raga balanced with aesthetic tension generated through delicate handling of rhythm. The intricate creative process makes their rendering both academically rich and melodically abounding. While executing intricate Taan and Sargams, their wide ranging mellifluous voice, combine with masterly command over the technique, enable them to translate their highest flight of imagination into sublime music.
They are today the foremost exponent of the Banaras Gharana of singing Saraswati, The Hindu Goddess of music and leaning, has amply showered her blessings on the two brothers: Rajan Ji is a post Graduate in sociology, and Sajan Ji a graduate from the Banaras Hindu University
Music that religiously observe the purity of raga. Gifted with rare sensitivity, Pt. Rajan-Sajan Misra's compositions reflect a high regard of literary content, which bring out their sublets intended emotion and carry an instant appeal with the audience.
Pt. Rajan-Sajan Misra have delighted audience all over the world, and their creativity and contribution to the art has won them wide recognition from various quarters, including the much prized honour, the Padma Bhusan Awards, Snageet Natak Academy Award given by the President of India. They have been conferred in the past, Kashi Gaurav Award, Kumar Gandharva Award, Sangeet Ratan Award, Sangeet Bhushan Award and Sanskriti Awards given by the Prime Minster of India. They have extensively toured all over the world. Many times to U.S.A., whole of Europe, Singapore, Sri-Lanka and countries in the Middle-East, Doha, Qatar, Dubai etc. They have given whole night concert in Royal Albert Hall (London) Linclon center in U.S.A. They have also received most respectful honour as citizenship of Baltimore city of U.S.A.
Their recording are available with every company in India. As Music Today.
H.M.V., Virgin Records, Megnasound, Sony, B.M.G. Crecendo, Venus, T-Series, A.M.C and many more.
They have started a "Gurukul" in serene environment of 'Dehradun' where students can learn music in age old "Guru-Shishya-Parampara" And yet their soul still yearns to go beyond into the unknown
Ajay Shankar Prasanna
Ajay Shankar Prasanna, one of the leading International flautists of India, was born in a family of musicians .
He received his training in Flute from his ather- Pt. Bhola Nath Prasanna from the Banaras Gharana who is also the Guru of Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia.
A TOP grade artist at the All India Radio, Ajay has been nominated thrice for GRAMMY AWARD. Pt. Ajay Prasannahas also won"Global Indian Music Award" in the best fusion music album category for the album, "Cinema". He has received the "Sangeet Ratna Award" by Swami Haridas Samiti, Vrindavan and "Surmani Award" by Surshringar Sansad, Mumbai. Ajay Prasanna has also received the honorable "Bharat Gourav Samman" by the Orissa Academy of Tribal Culture Research & Performing Arts.
A rare combination of innovator and traditionalist, he has significantly expanded the expressive possibilities of North Indian classical Flute through his masterful blowing techniques. Ajay is well known for his incredible melody, fluency in his renditions, maturity and dexterity in his performance in both gayaki and tantrakari styles of playing.
Pt. Ajay’s stellar performances across the globe have left his audience spell bound. Some of his memorable performances include- World Flute Festival, Delhi; Classical music concert, Royal Albert Hall, London; Sankatmochan festival, Banaras; Delhi Classical music Festival, Rabindranath Tagore music festival, Kolkata; Vishnu Digambar Jayanti, Delhi; Viram Baithak, Dehradun; Swaranjali Music Concert, Delhi; Swami Haridas Sammelan, Vrindavan; Sangeet Sabha, Patiala; Sur singar festival, Mumbai; All India Radio Sangeet Sammelan, All across India etc.
Pt. Ajay Prasanna has several Indian classical solo albums to his credit. Some of them are as follows- Morning Melody by HMV Saregama, Whisper of the Winds by Navras Records, London; Music by Mood by HMV Saregama, Colors of Love by T Series; Rare Ragas on Flute by German Records, Germany; Moods of Krishna by T Series; Blissful Bamboo by HMV Saregama etc.
His strong roots in Indian classical music did not limit him to experiment with world music. Apart from performing solo Indian classical concerts around the globe, Pt. Ajay has collaborated with world artist like one of the greatest world musicians Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Sting, Alicia Keys etc. The best of both Indian classical music and Western music worlds, Pt. Ajay as a music composer, incorporates sounds from around the world into his music. His deep understanding of various kinds of music makes him an artist par excellence.
Pt. Ritesh & Rajnish Mishra
Duet singing in the Indian Classical Music is considered a very difficult art, for it requires not only individual competence but, great amount of self control to improvise and harmonise at the same time. The Maestros Duo Pt. Ritesh Mishra and Pt. Rajnish Mishra have put in everything to achieve such excellence under the guidance of the Living Legends, the 'Sun and Moon' of the Banaras Gharana, Padma Bhusham Pt. Rajan Misra (Father) and Pt. Sajan Misra (Uncle).
Enliving the sixth generation of the family of great musicians, the Artist brothers are gifted with a very pleasing voice and sensibility for musical notes. Skilled with rich knowledge of Indian Ragas the duos have performed at most prestigious concerts all over the world such as, BBC Proms at Albert Hall, London, Lincoln Centre, NY, USA, closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games, 2002 in Manchester, UK.
They have sung 3rd track 'Mahadeva' in the album called 'Rise', that has been nominated for the prestigious 'Grammy Awards'. 'Top' Grade vocalists of All India Radio and Television, they have been awarded the 'YUVA Ratna Award' for the year 1999, 'Bhavishya Jyoti Award' for the year 2007, 'Sangeet Natak Academy Award' for the year 2008 and 'Sangeet Samriddhi Award'.