Classical music defines India: Rajan Mishra

Maestro Rajan Mishra is happy that as singers, he and brother Sajan make no compromises, reports Shalvi Mangaokar.

music Updated: Mar 24, 2012 15:03 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar
Shalvi Mangaokar
Hindustan Times

At 6.15 am tomorrow, classical maestros and brothers, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, accompanied by Rajan’s sons Ritesh and Rajneesh, will perform at a concert to be held as part of the Elephanta Festival 2012, at Gateway of India. Rajan says, “I’m proud of my children. In spite of having choices, they chose a career in classical music and want to take our tradition forward.”

Asked for his opinion on the growing popularity of pop music, Rajan says, “A lot of people like cricket because it’s popular, but there are others who still enjoy hockey. It’s the same case here. Classical music provides harmony to the mind, body and soul. It will always remain appealing because it defines India.”

Rajan also adds that after the concert at Gateway, they will be touring Gujarat, Lucknow and Kolkata. He adds, “I’m happy that as classical singers, we make no compromises and do what our gurus taught us. I would like to see more people follow this tradition.”

First Published: Mar 24, 2012 14:28 IST