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 legendary vocalist of Banaras Gharana late Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra.