Rajan Sajan Mishra: The brothers from Benaras

Rajan and Sajan Mishra, foremost exponents of the Benaras gharana, talk about their musical journey that began in temples

“Please join in our prayer. We are blessed to be sitting in this seat of arts and perform our puja,” said Rajan and Sajan Mishra before their concert at Kalakshetra’s Rukmini Arangham. Dressed in immaculate Benares silk dhotis and kurtas, they gently explored every nuance of raga Shree, their refined musical sensibilities and sublime singing creating a truly immersive experience.

“Surrender and bhakti is the essence of Benaras from where we hail. Also, we belong to a 300-year-old legacy of the Benaras gharana. Hamare sangit mein Benaras ki sehajta toh honi hi hai (our music has to have the intrinsic qualities of this ancient city),” say the brothers during an interview on the morning of the performance.

Clad in T-shirts and track suits, they show no sign of fatigue, despite flying from Jalandhar to New Delhi and then, to Chennai. In fact, over the past year, they have been travelling across the country and criss-crossing the globe with the conceptual musical creation ‘Bhairav se Bhairavi tak – a journey through ragas’. They have performed more than 55 concerts in a span of 12 months and have a few more to go.....Read more


Source web page: The hindu

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