Rajan & Sajan Misra (Hindustani Vocal) with
Vyasmurti Katti (Harmonium)
Ashis Sengupta (Tabla)

March 23, 2014 5:00 PM

Recital Hall
St. Catherine University,
St. Paul

Ashis SenguptaRajan Sajan MisraVyasmurti Katti

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About the Artists:

Rajan & Sajan Misra

"When we sing, we are one soul singing, even though we are two bodies.", say Pts. Rajan & Sajan Misra.   Born into the family of great maestros of Banaras Gharaanaa with Pt. Ganesh Misra (Great Grandfather), Pt. Sursahai Misra (Grandfather), Pt. Bade Ramdas Ji Misra, Sarangi Wizards Pt. Hanuman Prasad Misra (Father), Pt. Gopal Misra (Uncle), Pts. Rajan & Sajan Misra's taaliim with first breath of life.  No wonder, therefore, their music is marked by reposeful exposition of the raaga balanced with aesthetic tension generated through delicate handling of rhythm.  The intricate creative process make their rendering of raagas both academically rich and melodically abounding.  While executing intricate taans and sargams, their wide ranging mellifluous voice, combined with masterly command over the technique, enables them to translate their flights of imagination into sublime music.  Gifted with rare sensitivity and musicality that observes the purity of raaga, Pts. Rajan & Sajan Misra' compositions reflect a high regard for literary content which brings out the subtlest intended emotions and carry an instant appeal with the audience. 

They are today the foremost exponents of Banaras Gharaanaa of singing.  Saraswati, the Godess of Music and Learning, has amply showered her blessings on the brothers.  Rajan ji is a post graduate in sociology, and Sajan ji is a graduate from the Banaras Hindu University.

Pts. Rajan & Sajan Misra have delighted audiences from all over the world.  They have traveled extensively to various countries including USA, Europe, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Doha, Qatar, Dubai and several other countries in the Middle-East region.  They have given whole night concert in Royal Albert Hall (London), Lincoln Center (NY, USA). Their creativity and contribution to art has won them wide recognition from various quarters.  These include the much prized honor, the Padma Bhusan Award, Sangeet Natak Academy Award given by the President of India.  They have also been conferred with Kaashii Gaurav Award, Kumar Gandharva Award, Sangeet Ratna Award, Sangeet Bhushan Award and Sanskriti Award given by the Prime Minister of India. They are also the recipients of honorary citizenship of Baltimore city in USA. 

They have recorded their music with all the music labels in India including Music Today, HMV, Virgin Records, Magnasound, Sony, BMG Crecendo, Venus, T-Series, AMC and more. 

They have started a "Gurukul" in the serene environment of Deharadun (Uttarakhand state, India) where students learn music in age old "Guru Shishya Paramparaa".

Vyasmurti Katti

Vyasmurti Katti, born and brought up in Solapur, was initiated into music at a very young age by his sisters. Later he went on to take systematic training in harmonium under the able guidance of Late Pt. Ramacharya Bagewadi of Solapur. Presently he is learning vocal music under the expert tutelage of Pt. Indudhar Nirody, a very senior exponent of the Agra Gayaki. 

Shri. Katti has developed a lucid style of playing harmonium and has won the appreciation of the artistes as well as the connoisseurs of music. Shri. Katti is equally adept in harmonium accompaniment and in playing harmonium solo. He has accompanied eminent artistes like  Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Ramrao Naik, Pt. Rajan and Pt. Sajan Mishra, Pt. Dinkar Kaikini, Pt. Yashawantbua Joshi, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Pt. Indudhar Nirody,  Smt.Vasundhara Komkali, Begum Parween Sultana, Smt. Lalith Rao, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Smt. Padma Talwalkar, Dr. Ashwini Bhide and others.
Shri. Katti has also played nagma with Tabla solo and Kathak performances. He has played nagma with the eminent Kathak dancer Pt. Birju Maharaj, well-known tabla artistes like Pt. Bhai Gaitonde, Pt.Suresh Talwalkar, Pt.Anindo Chatterjee and others.

Shri. Katti has toured and given several performances in India and has visited countries like USA, Canada, France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and Oman to give concerts with eminent artistes like Smt.Lalith Rao, Smt. Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pt. Parameshwar Hegde, Smt. Koushiki Chakravarthy Desikan and others.

Shri. Katti, being an Electronics Engineer (B.E.-Electronics), has given up a career in IT to persue music full time. He lives in Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Ashis Sengupta

Ashis Sengupta comes from a family of music lovers devoted to the preservation of the heritage of Indian classical music. His father, Shri Ranjit Kumar Sengupta was an eminent exponent of the Tabla, and it was under his tutelage that Ashis Sengupta received his initial training.

After being under the supervision of his father for 8 years, Ashis Sengupta later became the disciple of Tabla maestro late Pandit Nanku Maharaj of Banaras gharana in the traditional 'gurukul style'. Pandit Nanku Maharaj taught him intricate 'layakari' on the Tabla. Finally he learnt from Tabla maestro late Pandit Mahapurush Mishra of Banaras gharana, the intricacies of subtle understatement and control and ease of execution of complex rhythmic patterns and learnt the art of polished performance, both as a soloist and as an accompanist to widely varied music style and performers.

Ashis Sengupta has innovated the various rhythmic compositions learnt from his gurus. He is also blessed with a lot of traditional compositions, stotra-s and varieties of gat-s from the great gurus.

A recipient of “TAAL-MANI” award, Ashis Sengupta is well versed in the art of playing variation of a composition structure in gaits of Tisra jati, Chatusra jati, Mishra jati, Khanda jati and Sankirna jati etc. His accompaniments are marked by rare sense of aesthetics, grace and an unexcelled sweetness. Whenever he gives a 'solo' performance, he makes it a point to plan and include all the traditional compositions interspersed with his own innovations of the same, and makes it a truly satisfying experience to music lovers in general and discerning audience in particular.

He has travelled a lot to perform in numerous prestigious festivals and concerts in India and abroad for Tabla solo as well as for accompaniment to both Hindustani classical music and Carnatic classical music. Apart from regular programme in All India Radio and Doordarshan, he also performs in Sangeet Sabha and National Programme of Music.

Ashis Sengupta is also an established Western Drummer and has taken part to play in 'Fusion Music' and has accompanied in film and non-film music. He has to his credits a number of cassettes and compact discs released in Indian classical, Western and Light music. His latest contribution to the Indian music is to compose music and produce audio- video cassettes and CDs for T-SERIES, the Super Cassettes Industries Limited. Ashis Sengupta has created background music for the Indian classic “Gita- Govinda multimedia experience” – a presentation by Indira Gandhi National Centre For The Arts, INDIA and Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto Research Centre, USA. He has also created background music for “Eternal Gandhi multimedia museum” – a presentation by Sacred World and Gandhi Smriti, Government of India. At present, he is a member of the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi.

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 2014 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. All concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI “Fresh Air” Radio (90.3 in Minneapolis/106.7 FM in St. Paul).

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