Come Sunday and classical music aficionados have a rare treat in store for them. Veteran classical musicians and Padma Bhushan awardees Pandit Rajan Mishra and Pandit Sajan Mishra will enthrall audiences at Shanmukhananda Hall, Matunga, with a marathon concert spanning 10 hours. The organisers of the event have also invited 15 music schools to participate in the concert.
The duo will incorporate such unsung ragas in their performance as Bairagi Bhairav and Zeelaf Bahar, and are optimistic about a positive response from Mumbai. More so with the students from 15 schools participating at the concert. Pandit Rajan Mishra enthuses, “The interest in Hindustani classical music has grown in the last decade. All the big artistes have at least 50 students learning classical music from them.”
The duo recently performed in London and returned pleased with the experience. “Foreigners had tears in their eyes when they approached us for autographs,” he recalls, adding that it’s heartrending to see people from other countries show so much interest in Hindustani classical music. “Seeing people in Paris and Vienna regard our music as divine and spiritual makes us feel proud.”
Although the musicians have received acclaim from over the globe, they maintain that they’ve got the best response in India. The Mishra brothers have earlier given music to the 1983 Madhuri Dixit-Girish Karnad musical Sur Sangam. “But such films aren’t made any more because we don’t have composers and directors to come up with such subjects. If someone comes to us with a musical like that, we’d love to sing for it,” he asserts.