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.
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 : Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav - Pune, Uttarpara Sangeet Chakra - Kolkata, 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 approved empanelled artist in ICCR and also grade “A “artist 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 and continues to connect all music lovers with the divine power through her music.