Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra (Hindustani Vocal) with
Sanatan Goswami (Harmonium)
Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla)

September 18, 2011 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

Ritesh and Rajnish MishraSubhen ChatterjeeSanatan Goswami

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About the Artists:

Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra   

Sustaining ‘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 over.

Duet 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).

Representing 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.
The 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.

They 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.

Sanatan Goswami

Sanatan Goswami 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 and T.V.

Subhen Chatterjee

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.
About the Venue:

Directions and Parking:

The Recital Hall is located just behind the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium  in the campus of St. Catherine University (2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105). The Recital Hall is Building 24 in the campus map (see below).

Driving Directions: 

  • From I-94 going E: Take Cretin Avenue exit. South (right) on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East (left) on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-94 going W: Take Snelling Avenue (US 51) exit. South (left) on Snelling Avenue to Randolph. West (right) on Randoplh to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35E: Exit on Randolph Avenue. Proceed West to Fairview/Randolph intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.
  • From I-35W: Exit on 94 eastbound to Cretin Avenue exit. South on Cretin to Randolph Avenue. East on Randolph to Cleveland Avenue intersection. Stay on Randolph. Enter at GATE 3 on Randolph.

Gate 3 is located between Cleveland and Fairview and is nearest to the intersection of Randolph and Prior Avenues. The Recital Hall is located right behind the better known O'Shaughnessy auditorium. Parking is free after hours and on weekends.

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IMSOM’s Fall 2011 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Arts Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, the Xcel Energy “Dollars for Doing” Grant, and IMSOM members and donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).

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