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About the Artists:
"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
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.
Rajan & Sajan Misra
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".
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 Gayak
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
Shri. Katti, being an Electronics Engineer
(B.E.-Electronics), has given up a career in
IT to persue music full time. He lives in
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
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
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.
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).
- 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.
St. Catherine University.
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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