Rajan- Sajan Mishra

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Rajan Mishra

A brief biography

Namita Devidayal , April 26, 2021: The Times of India

The beloved musical brothers, Rajan and Sajan Mishra

The Mishra duo was known for braiding the lilting vibe of Benaras with the khayal style.

Born and raised in Varanasi, Rajan and Sajan Mishra learned music from their father Hanuman Prasad Mishra, their grand-uncle Bade Ramdas Mishra, and their uncle the sarangi virtuoso Gopal Prasad Mishra. When Rajan Mishra was a young man, he started working as a management trainee in Delhi. In a twist of fate, the Sikh Namdhari guru Jagjit Singh, for whom music mirrored spirituality, heard the young Rajan sing and recognised his talent. He pushed him to changed his trajectory and pursue only music. Rajan and Sajan Mishra both kept up close ties with the Namdharis and taught numerous children in Bhaini Sahib, Ludhiana. The brothers, who have received the Padma Bhushan and Sangit Natak Akademi awards, were inseparable – on stage and in their personal life. Besides the depth of their music, they were both known for their inimitable Benarasi sense of humour. “They were the life and soul of any room. All the artistes would go to them for a proper paan and a good laugh,” says Natasha Nandini, a family friend. “They had such incredible humility. They would say, you can’t sing a raga thinking that you know more than the raga….I say ‘they’ because they truly were one voice.”

Saptak Festival organiser Manju Mehta who regularly invited Rajan and Sajan Mishra to perform at the Ahmedabad festival remembers him as being multifaceted personality with a great zest for life. “His music had so much depth that he left audiences in a trance and tears, especially when he rendered bhajans,” she said.

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