Sitar - Deobrat Mishra
Tabla - Prasant Mishra
Deobrat Mishra is an Indian Sitar and Surbahar player and a 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, he 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
Born in 1976, he represents the 7th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition.
As a young child he studied tabla with his mother, 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 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 degree in sitar from the Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad.
Prashant Mishra is one of the best young Tabla player of benares music tradition. When he was five he started to learn tabla with the family member of Biru Mishra of Varanasi also studying Tabla presently with Mr.Chakkan lal Mishra(Student of Great Tabla player Anokhelal Mishra.
Soon after few years of hard practice with his grandfather Pandit Shivanath mishra and uncle Deobrat mishra he was able to perform with Mishras His skills beautifully compliment and support the Mishras in their concerts
In 2004 he won first prize in Tabla competition organized by Sangeet Natak Academy Uttar Pradesh India.He received many awards for his tabla playing at many different places.