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    Pandit Shivnath Mishra

    Pandit Shivnath Mishra (born 12 October 1943) is an Indian sitarist. He is an exponent of the Benares Gharana school of Indian classical music.[1][2][3] He was formerly a lecturer and the Head of the Music Department at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi.[4] 

    Early life
    Shivnath Mishra was born in 1943 in Benares, United Provinces, British India into a family of professional musicians. He is the 10th generation of the prominent Benares Gharana lineage[citation needed]. He studied under his father, Badri Prasad Mishra and uncle Mahadev Prasad Mishra. However, when he was eight his musical inclination led him to study the sitar.

    Musical career

    Pt. Shivnath and Deobrat Mishra performing at a charity event for victims of 26/11 terrorist attacks on Mumbai in Varanasi on 20 January 2009 In 1967, Mishra won the prestigious All India Radio competition held at Allahabad[citation needed]. This was followed by a gold medal at the All India Music Conference in Calcutta in 1967[citation needed]. Mishra has played at several prestigious music festivals including Sangeet Natak Academy in 1993[citation needed]. He has played many times in Ganga Mahotsav Cultural Program organized by the Government of Uttar Pradesh. He is a prominent 'A' class Artist in All India Radio.

    Shivnath Mishra, his son Deobrat, and various other members of the Mishra-Maharaj family were featured in the 2011 British ITV1 documentary A Passage Through India, narrated by Caroline Quentin[citation needed].

    Mishra has toured extensively internationally including to Italy, Germany and the US[citation needed]. Mr. Mishra is known for supporting social movements through his music[citation needed]. He has organized several charity events to support social organizations. In January 2009 he organized a concert at his own academy in Varanasi as a tribute to the victims of 2008 Mumbai attacks. On 12 June 2012 Mr. Mishra organized another huge event to support Ganga Seva Abhiyanam’s fight to protect the purity and sanctity of the river Ganges[citation needed].

    Discography
    Sound of Sitar
    Soul of Sitar
    Sitar Jugalbandi: Live in Milan
    Raag Desh: Monsoon Raga (2002)
    Joy (2003)
    Raga Cycle (2004)
    Rare Instruments: Surbahar - Pandit Shivnath & Deobrat Mihsra (ASA Music)


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