Sustaining 'Harmony' in this world of diverse religions and cultures is a dream of the entire humanity. Some good souls have been working tirelessly to make such a dream true in their own styles and beliefs. 'Mishra Bandhu' Rajnish-Ritesh are doing it in the most aesthetic way, singing together, emanating love harmony for the music lovers the world over.
Duet singing in the Indian Classical Music is considered a very difficult art, for it requires not only individual competence but, great amount of self-control to improvise and harmonize at the same time. The maestros due Rajnish-Ritesh Mishra have put in every thing to achieve such excellence under the guidance of the ever great, the 'Sun and Moon' of the Banaras Gharana, Pt. Rajan Misra (Father) and Pt. Sajan Misra (Uncle).
Enlivening the sixth generation of the family of great musicians, namely Pt. Ram Baksha Misra, Pt. Ganesh Ji Misra, Pt. Sursahai Misra, Pt. Hanuman Misra – Pt. Gopal Misra, Pt. Rajan Misra – Pt. Sajan Misra, Rajnish-Ritesh are also blessed by Gayanacharya Pt. Bade Ramdas Ji Misra, His Holiness Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji and received knowledge of the art from a galaxy of musician relatives and friends.
The Artist brothers along with their academics (Delhi University) have been learning music since their birth with sounds of Tanpura, Sarangi, Tabla and voices of forefathers vibrating in their home and surroundings. Gifted with a very pleasing voice and sensibility for musical notes they toiled through the strenuous music sessions over the years. With focus on performance factor the duo brothers touch the listeners' heart with melodious voice and sensuous application of notes. Skilled with rich knowledge of Indian Ragas the duos render Khayal, Tappa, Tarana Bhajans and other classical forms, casting a spell on the audience.
They have performed at most prestigious concerts all over the world. Their work with famous composer Micheal Nymen has been released as an album (SANGAM) selling worldwide. They have sung 3rd track "Mahadeva" in the album called 'Rise', that has been nominated for the prestigious 'Grammy Awards'. They have given background score to the audio book by Penguine & ANB publisher.
They are 'A' grade vocalists of All India Radio and Television. They have been awarded the prestigious 'Yuva Ratna Award' for the year 1999. They have also received the prestigious "Bhavishya Jyoti Award" for the year 2007. They have received the prestigious " Sangeet Natak Akademi's Ustad Bismillah Khan Award" for the year 2008. They have been conferred with "Sangeet Samriddhi Samman" for the year 2010.
In Hindustani music, a gharānā is a system of social organization which groups musicians who are linked by lineage and/or discipleship and who adhere to a particular musical style.
At the heart of the music tradition of a Gharana is the sacred bond of "Guru-Shishya" parampara whereby, the Guru (teacher) passes on his skill base to the Shishya (student). In this context, the term Gharana is basically a practice of carrying forward a rich cultural legacy from one generation to another.
Banaras (Varanasi) is the hub of spiritual fervor and since ancient times has been the centre for learning the true essence of Hindustani classical music. Devout Hindus consider Banaras to be a city of enlightenment, where "Lord Shiva" is said to have made his permanent abode since the dawn of creation. Amongst the many vocal Gharanas of India, such as Gwalior, Agra, Kirana Gharana, Jaipur, Rampur Sahaswan, Patiala, Delhi, Bhendi Bazar, Bishnupur of Bengal, Mewati and the Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir - the Banaras Gharana is undoubtedly the jewel in India’s music crown.
Over the years, the Banaras Gharana has produced a galaxy of outstanding vocal, instrumental and dance performers including Pt. Hanuman Prasad Misra, Pt. Gopal Misra, Pt. Samta Prasad Misra, Pt. Mahadev Misra, Smt. Alaknanda Devi, Ustd. Bismillah Khan,Pt. Gopi Kishan, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Ravishanker, Pt. Kishan Maharaj, Pt. Rajan Misra, Pt. Sajan Misra, Smt. Girja Devi, Smt. Sitara Devi, Smt. N. Rajan and several others. And many of these maestros continue to believe that it was Banaras that made them and their music.
Brothers Rajnish and Ritesh Mishra – known for their ability to create heavenly music that soothes the mind, body and soul, hail from the ancient city of Banaras and represent the tradition of Banaras Gharana named after Ritesh Rajnish Mishra.