Renowned classical singer Pandit Rajan Mishra (70) of the Rajan and Sajan Mishra duo breathed his last at New Delhi’s St Stephen Hospital due to Covid related complications. The singer, who had been suffering from Covid-19 for the past few days suffered two cardiac arrests on Sunday. He breathed his last shortly after friends and well-wishers put out SOS messages on social media looking for a ventilator for him.
Condoning his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, “I am deeply saddened by the news of Pt. Rajan Mishra’s demise, who has left an important mark in the field of Indian classical music. Belonging to the Benaras Gharana, the classical singer’s death is a major loss to the world of art and culture. My condolences to his family and fans.”
Recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi honors, the brothers, born and brought up in Varanasi belonged to the Benaras style of singing received their initial musical training from their grandfather’s brother, Bade Ram Das Ji Mishra, and also their father, Hanuman Prasad Mishra. They also learnt from their uncle — sarangi virtuoso, Gopal Prasad Mishra, and started performing while they were still in their teens.