The great maestros of the Benares gharana, brothers Pt. Rajan & Sajan Misra, say, “When we sing, we are one soul singing, even though we are in two bodies.” Born into a family of grand Banaras gharana exponents comprising Pt. Ganesh Misra (great grandfather), Pt. Sursahai Misra (grandfather), sarangi wizards Pt. Hanuman Prasad Misra (father) and Pt. Gopal Misra (uncle), their taleem began almost with the first breath of life. Their music is marked by reposeful raga balanced with aesthetic tension generated through delicate handling of rhythm. They are today the foremost exponents of the Banaras gharana of singing.
Rajanji is a post-graduate in sociology, and Sajanji a graduate from the Banaras Hindu University. The duo have delighted audiences all over the world, and won wide recognition from various quarters, including the much prized Padma Bhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi awards given by the President of India. They have been conferred too with the Kashi Gaurav, Sangeet Bhushan and Sanskriti awards by the Prime Minister of India, amongst many others.
They have extensively toured all over the world: USA, Europe, Singapore, Sri Lanka and countries in the Middle-East. They have performed all night at the Royal Albert Hall, London and the Lincoln Centre in New York.
Viraam: The Gurukul, founded by them, is an academy of music situated on the serene outskirts of Dehradun to explore the meditative qualities of Indian classical music and teach through the age old tradition of the guru- shishya parampara, the revered ‘teacher-disciple system’.