Renowned classical singer Pandit Rajan Mishra dies due to Covid-19

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Renowned classical singer Pandit Rajan Mishra dies due to Covid-19

Doyen of Indian classical music suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday

Renowned classical singer Pandit Rajan Mishra dies due to Covid-19

Classical music singer, Pandit Rajan Mishra died in the Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi at the age of 70. He was undergoing treatment after testing positive for Covid-19 and suffered from a cardiac arrest on Sunday. Mishra was moved to Ganga Ram Hospital from Saint Stephen's Hospital for ventilator support.

Mishra was born into a family of classical music enthusiasts in 1951 in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi. He was first taught classical music by his grandfather Pandit Bade Ram Das Mishra, and was later mentored by the legendary Pandit Hanuman Prasad Mishra.

In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India. He was also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the Gandharva National Award and the National Tansen Samman.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that the passing away of Pandit Rajan Mishra is a loss to the world of art and music.

 

 

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar also paid her tribute and said, “I came to know that the highly talented classical singer Padma Bhushan Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner Pandit Rajan Mishra Ji has passed away. I  am very sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family (sic)."

 

 

Musician Salim Merchant also tweeted and said, “Heartbreaking news - Padma Bhushan Shri Rajan Mishra Ji left us today. He died of Covid in Delhi. He was a renowned classical singer of the Benaras Gharana & was one half of the brother duo Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra. My condolences to the Family, Om Shanti (sic)."

 

 

Dr Shailesh Kumar, a classical singer and one of his disciples told CitySpidey, “When I came from Bihar to pursue my masters, there was no one with me. During those hard times, my guru was there for me. And whatever I am today is just because of him. Guruji's death is a huge loss for the classical music industry.”

He also recognised his past and said, “When we met he always used to ask me 'Shailesh beta kaise ho (how are you Shailesh)'. He was a very person. I used to watch his programmes in the 90s. After I had attended 4-5 programmes, he noticed me and since 1996, I've been learning music under his guidance."