•• 69th Birthday of Eminent Hindustani Classical Vocalist Padma Bhushan Pandit Rajan Mishra ••
Pandit Rajan Mishra (Born 28 October 1951) is a renowned singer of the Khyal style of Indian Classical Music. He always performs with his younger brother Pandit Sajan Mishra. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, jointly with his brother in 1998, the Gandharwa National Award for 1994-1995 and the prestigious National Tansen Samman 2011-2012 on 14 December 2012.
Pandit Rajan Mishra was born and brought up in Varanasi. He along with his younger brother, received his initial musical training from his grandfather’s brother, Bade Ram Das Ji Mishra, and also his father, Hanuman Prasad Mishra, and from his uncle, sarangi virtuoso, Gopal Prasad Mishra, and started performing while he was still in his teens. He along with his brother moved to Ramesh Nagar in Delhi, in 1977, where they continue to live.
Pt. Rajan and Pt. Sajan Mishra are part of a 300-year-old lineage of khyal singing of the Banaras gharana, the Mishra brothers have been performing to audiences all over Indian and the world for many years.
They were both accountants in a small shop when they gave a performance in the presences of Satguru Jagjit Singh. The Satguru, realizing their talent, offered to pay double their living wages in exchange for them to put in more time to practice their vocals. The rest was history and they gave their first concert abroad, was in Sri Lanka in 1978, and soon they went on to perform in many countries across the world including, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, USA, UK, The Netherlands, USSR, Singapore, Qatar, Bangladesh and Muscat.
On his Birthday, Hindustani Classical Music And Everything wishes him a long, healthy and active musical life ahead.