Ritesh and Rajnish
‘Harmony’ in this world of diverse religions and
cultures is a dream of the entire humanity. Some good souls have been
working tirelessly to make such a dream true in their own styles and
beliefs. ‘Mishra Bandhu’ (Mishra Brothers)
Ritesh-Rajnish are doing it in the most aesthetic way, singing
together, emanating love and harmony for the music lovers the world
singing in 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 harmonize at the same time. The maestros,
duo Ritesh-Rajnish Mishra have put in every thing to achieve such
excellence under the guidance of the ever great, the ‘Sun and
Moon’ of the Benaras Gharana (stylistic school or tradition),
Pandits Rajan Misra (Father) and Sajan Misra (Uncle).
the sixth generation of the family of great musicians, namely Pt. Ram
Baksha Misra, Pt. Ganesh Ji Misra, Pt. Sursahai Misra, Pt. Hanuman
Misra – Pt. Gopal Misra, Pt. Rajan Misra – Pt.
Sajan Misra, Ritesh-Rajnish are also blessed by Gayanacharya Pandit
Bade Ramdas Ji Misra and received knowledge of the art from a galaxy of
musician relatives and friends.
artist brothers, in addition to their academic pursuits at Delhi
University have been learning music since their birth with sounds of
Tanpura, Sarangi, Tabla and voices of forefathers vibrating in their
home and surroundings. Gifted with a very pleasing voice and
sensibility for musical notes they have toiled through the strenuous
music sessions over the years. With a focus on performance the duo
brothers touch the listeners’ heart with their melodious
voice and sensuous application of notes. Skilled with the rich
knowledge of Indian Ragas the duos render Khayal, Tappa, Tarana,
Bhajans and other classical forms, casting a spell on the audience.
have performed at some of the most prestigious music conferences all
over the world. Their work with famous composer Micheal Nymen has been
released as an album “SANGAM” selling worldwide.
They have sung the track “Mahadeva” in the album
“Rise” that was nominated for the prestigious
Grammy Awards. They have given background score to audio books
published by Penguin & ANB. They are ‘A’
grade vocalists of All India Radio and Television. They have been
awarded the prestigious “Yuva Ratna Award” for
1999, the “Bhavishya Jyoti Award” for 2007 and the
“Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan
Award” for 2008. They have recently been conferred with the
"Sangeet Samriddhi Samman" award.
was born in Nabadwip and belongs to the famous Traditional Family,and
is the fourteenth generation of Lord Chaitainya Mahaprabhuís
wife Sreemati Bishnupriya devi. He is one of the regular[Shebaiet] of
Dhameshwar Mahaprabhu whose idol had been established by Sreemati
Bishnupriya Devi five hundred years ago in Nabadwip.
Sanatan is now an outstanding luminary in the stardom of musical galaxy
of India.He was introduced to Vocal music by his Uncle Late Manindra
Goswami who was the student of Late Sangitacharya Pandit Chinmoy
Lahiri. Later on he started taking his talim from Pandit Dinanath
Mishra. He took his talim in Harmonium from Pandit Maharaj Banerjee the
son of Late Pandit Montu Banerjee, and took his further talim from Late
Padmabhusan Pandit V.G Jog.
In addition to being a reputed solo Harmonium player and Vocalist
Sanatan is among the few choicest accompanists of most prominent
celebrities of our country like Pt.Jasraj, Pt.Rajan Misra, Pt.Sajan
Misra, Girija Devi, Pt.Ajoy Chakraborty, Ustad Rashid Khan, and Tabla
Maestroes like Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Pt.Swapan Chowdhury, Pt. Kumar
Bose, Pt.Anindo Chatterjee, Pt.Gobindo Bose, Pt. Samar Saha, Sree
Bikram Ghosh,Sree Subhankar Banerjee and many other renowned artists.
He has performed in almost all major music conferences in all over
India like Dover lane Music Conference, Spic Macay, Swar Ganga
Sammelan, Jalsaghar, Swami Haridas Sangeet Sammelan, ITC Sangeet
Sammelan, Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra, Saptak of Ahmedabad, Sangeet Piyasi
and many others. He has also made his performances in U.S.A, Canada,
all over Europe and Middle East. He is also regular artiste of A.I.R
Subhen Chatterjee bases his style of playing to
Lucknow Gharana that he learnt from his illustrious Guru tabla maestro
Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not restricting himself to one single
Gharana-Shubhen went on to learn the intricacies & beauty of other
Gharanas that he introduced in his playing which has made his style of
playing so unique & distinctive.
Subhen has accompanied great musicians such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Smt.
Girija Devi, Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Sobha Gurtu, Pt. V. G. Jog, Pt.
Rajan-Sajan Misra, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Viswa
Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Ashish Khan, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Manilal Nag,
Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain Khan, Pt. Ronu Mazumder, Pt. Chitresh Das and
many others. He has earned a very good name both from the
audience as well as the press. Subhen is also a very fine soloist.
WOMAD(World Organisation of Music & Dance, founded by renowned
guitar player Peter Gabriel) by collaborating with such distinguished
artistes such as Paul Horn (Flautist), David Cosby (of Crosby, Still,
Nash & Young famed) etc. Subhen has also created India’s
leading fusion band, KARMA, (in the year 1985) which is still the only
of its kind from the easter part of India.
Subhen’s recent collaboration with renowned percussionist,
SIVAMANI, has enabled him to form another unique fusion band called
FRIENDS OF DRUMS (F. O. D) whose main objective is to help the lesser
known yet very talented musicians sharing stage with renowned ones. F.
O. D. has also planned for supporting old and handicapped musicians
(financially or otherwise) who had served the music world for years.