Dr. Rita Dev, a distinguished name in the field of
Hindustani Classical Vocal music, is a vocalist from the
Banaras Gharana. As a vocalist, her skill spans both the
Banaras and Gwalior gharana of Hindustani classical
music traditions. Dr. Dev's repertoire includes both
classical and semi-classical genres- khyal, Thumri, Dadra,
kajri, Holi, Jhoola, Chaiti, Tappa and Bhajan. Trained
under the Legendary Vocalist, Queen of Thumri, Padma
Vibhushan Vidhushi Dr. Girija Devi, Dr. Rita Dev has
successfully carved her niche amongst music lovers.
Born in Assam, Dr. Dev was initiated into Indian Classical music at an early age under Guru Sri Nirmal Acharjee. Passion and quest in music inspired her to study post graduation in Banaras Hindu University and had the opportunity of learning under Guru Prof.Dr. Chittaranjan Jyotishi of Gwalior gharana, under whose tutelage she
completed her doctorate. She has also enjoyed the
fortune of learning light classical music under late Pandit
Mahadev Prasad Mishra of Banaras Gharana.
In her illustrious career, she has graced stages across the nation and received wide appreciation for her soulful
performance. Few of the major concerts she has performed includes : Tansen Samaroh– Gwalior, Baba Allauddin Khan Sangeet Sammelen - Maihar, Padmashri Phadke Sangeet Samaroh- Dhar, Sangeet Natak Academy - Lucknow, Budhwa Mangal Festival - Varanasi, Amir Khusro Music festival -Chennai , Jawahar Kala Kendra -Jaipur, Royal Fables - New Delhi, Sham -ae-
Awadh - A musical evening by Yash Raj Films, Triveni
Sangeet Sabha - Chandigarh , Shadaj Baithak - New
Delhi, IIC - New Delhi, HCL Music Concert - NCR, VSK
Baithak - New Delhi, Banaras Utsav – Bhopal. Taj Mahotsava – Agra, Subh-e-Banaras – Varanasi, Kajri Jhola
Mahotsava – Bhopal, Parchin Kala Kendra - Chandigarh. She is ICCR approved artiste and also grade “A “artiste of the All India Radio and has been a successful part of many leading musical TV presentation like Mausiqi Ek khoj, Aradhana, Swaranjali, and many more.
Her imaginative presentation, mastery over the
subtleties of melody, stirring portrayals and perfect
renditions of intricate appealing phrases in alap, bol
banav, sargam and taan makes her music a classy, soothing and a divine like experience to the distinguished listeners. Dr. Dev is the worthy recipient of many accolades and
awards including the Pt. Omkarnath Thakur Award, Sangeet Ratna and Swara Ratna as the most prestigious ones.
Dr. Rita Dev conquered yet another milestone when her Guru Padma Vibhushan Vidushi Dr. Girija Devi sensed and acknowledged the potential of her deciple and bestowed to deciple, the most precious blessing in the Guru and Shishya Parampara ‘Ganda Bhandhan’ a very special spiritual ceremony between Guru and disciple, showing trust and confidence of Guru to her disciple to take forward Guru’s beautiful legacy of Puravang Gayaki.
Apart from regular stage performances she is associated
with Agra College, Agra as Associate Professor (vocal), in
department of music.
As the torchbearer of the Banaras Gharana and of the Classical Music tradition Dr. Dev believes - "In India, classical music is not considered as a source of entertainment but it is regarded as a source to connect
with the divine being “ and this artiste aspires andcontinues to connect all music lovers with the divine power through her music.
Jagran- Varanasi, Jan 2014
"Rita Dev apni khub surat awaj se sabhi ka dil jeeta"
Hindustan - Varanasi, Jan 2014
"Rita Dev ke sur rashmio ne srothao ko jhumne par majbur
- Varanasi, Jan 2014
"Dr. Rita Dev Apni sumadhur geeto se sama bhanda"
Kesari - Jaipur, Jan 2014
"Dr. Rita Dev ki soorilee prastutiya ne moha mann"
Bhaskar - Jaipur, Jan 2014
"Jaoo Ji Jaoo Mujse Na Bolo - Raga mannd ke suro se jiwant
ki ruthi hue nayakan ki manodasha"
Patrika - Jaipur, Jan 2014
"Dr Rita Dev ki Gwalior gharane ki gyaki mein khoe rasik
Jagran- Lucknow, Oct 2013
"Begum Akthar ke yaad mein sangeet natak academy dwara
ayojit, Rita Dev ka gayan - thumri, dadra ebong ghazal darshako
ko sarwar kar diya"
Bhaskar - Bhopal , Sept 2013
"Classical singer Rita Dev ke dwara kajri aur jhola ka
ek yadgar prastuti shrota ko mantra mugdh kiya"
Jagran - Bhopal , Sept 2013
"Dr. Rita Dev geet pesh kar sabhi ka dil jeet liya."
Bhaskar- Bhopal, Aug 2013
"Rita Dev apani avyas, taleem aur sadhana ka ek jordar
Jagran - Maihar , April. 2013
"Rita Dev ne Baba Allauddin Khan sangeet sammelen mein
ek manohar gayan ki prastuti di"
- Varanasi mahanagar, Nov'12
"— Audiences enjoyed her distinctive style and unique
Rajasthan Patrika, Sept'06
outstanding performance presented by Dr. Rita Dev.
Dainik Bhaskar, Sept'06
An evening with melodial vocal presentation by Dr. Rita Dev.
Hindu, Chennai, Dec'03
"—The quality of Rita's voice, well honed overyears
of practice in Banaras and Gwalior styles, was at its best in
her appropriate use of Khatkha and Murki-
-Rita's rendition reflected the "Cyaya" of her Guru
- the spirited Girija Devi"
Hindustan Times, Kolkata June'01
"— Performed khayal based on Raga Puriya Kalyan.
They were able to bring out pathos inherent in this evening
Raga. The unhurried vistaar added colour and bols and sharp
tihais were enthusiastically applauded.
Prajantra Sapthahik, Bhubaneshwar June'91
"— Although in age she is young, but she proved herself
A high class performer."
Patrika, Allahabad, March'91
"— In her young age the vocal recital established
as matured performer."