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Master's in Sitar, Surbahar and Music Composer
Deobrat Mishra is an Indian Sitar, Surbahar, and music composer. He is an exponent of the Benares Gharana school of Hindustani classical music.
The Son of Pandit Shivnath Mishra, a legend of Sitar from this Gharana, has an energetic and innovative playing style, with typical features like selectivity, melody, and rhythmic complexity.
His playing style is very original and unique in the sense that he plays Benarasi Thumri on the sitar, combining it with Dhrupad and Khayal styles of singing, creating a rare new style. He represents the 11th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition.
As a young child, he studied tabla with his mother, Mrs. Pramila Mishra, who was the granddaughter of the well-known tabla player Pandit Baiju Mishra of Benares. He started by studying vocal music with his father at the age of five and began his sitar lessons a year later.
That same year, after only six months of studying the sitar, he gave his first public performance on stage.
Since 1994 he has been touring throughout Europe with his father. In the same year, he was chosen to receive the award of Young sitar player of India by Youth Festival. In 2000 he received an award of ” Sur Mani ” in Mumbai. His many projects include music workshops, solo performances for radio and television as well as world music programs with Indian and European artists. Moreover, he provides music lessons at the Academy of Indian Classical Music, the school he founded along with his father, Pandit Shivnath Mishra, in 2006.
He received a Masters’s degree in sitar from the Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad.
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