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Sitar Masters - The Mishra's return from India!
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
seattle, WA
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Sitar Masters - The Mishra's return from India!
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http://www.mishramusic.com/mishras/
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June 2009  From their home city of Benares, an ancient spiritual centre of traditional music and Hindu culture, The Mishras are bringing classical North Indian ragas and folk music to Fremont Abbey, gifting the audience with a fabulous performance and a spiritual experience. Join us in this rare experience in a duet of the worlds best sitarists inspiring one another to new levels of loving interplay. The Mishras will be performing at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave  Seattle WA on Thursday, July 2nd at 8:00 pm.
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Pandit Shivanath Mishra and son Deobrat Mishra, master sitarists, have been sharing the magic, joy and love of Indian classical music for over fifteen years in India, Europe, Canada and the USA to critical and award winning acclaim.  Joining them on this 2009 USA tour is tabla master Mahapunya Das.  
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Pandit Shivnath Mishra was born into a well-known musical family in the Benares Gharana (lineage) in 1943. When he was five years old he began studying vocal music with his father Badri Prashad Mishra and his uncle and Guru Pandit Mahadev Prashad Mishra. From the age of eight and onwards he switched to sitar from vocals. In a family of great classical Indian vocalists he was the first who mastered the sitar. He plays in a singing style called Thumri. Only a few sitar artists can perform in this style, which is characterized by its strong emphasis on ornamentation and deep emotion.
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In 1966 he received a gold medal in the All India Music Conference in Calcutta. He performed in Germany for the first time in 1979 and has since played extensively throughout Europe. His first performance in North America was in 1999, and he and his virtuoso son Deobrat have performed a North American tour every summer since.
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Deobrat Mishra, son and disciple of leading Sitarist Pandit Shivnath Mishra, was born into a well-known musical family in the Benares music tradition. Following his father's footsteps, Deobrat Mishra is one of India's premiere and most talented young artists. He has been touring the world with his father since 1994. He performed his first concert at the age of six and played on All- India Radio at the age of eleven. In 1995, Deobrat was chosen as the best young sitarist in India by the All-India Youth Festival.
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Mahapunya Das is one of the best Tabla players residing in North America. Mahapunya Das teaches tabla as well as performs internationally. His skills beautifully compliment and support the Mishras in their concerts.
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The Mishras tour will help to support the newly formed Mishra School of Indian Classical Music in Nelson, BC.   The next session of classes offered will be in sitar, tabla, vocal, and harmonium and will be offered in a two month long intensive program in April and May of 2010.  Further information can be found on the school website: www.mishramusic.com.  Additionally, the Mishras support their Academy of Music in Benares, India where they keep alive the tradition of their music amongst young musicians. Every January and February, the Academy is open to international students of all ages and skill levels. These study tours to India are a cultural experience combining ashram style living and intensive music instruction in one of the worlds oldest cities. -------------------------------------
Visit: www.benaresmusicacademy.com For more information contact Michael Nisbet: 250-551-2229, mishramusic@gmail.com
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Pandit Shivnath Mishra

Pandit Shivnath Mishra playing SitarPandit Shivnath Mishra was born into a well-known musical family in the Benares Gharana (lineage) in 1943. When he was five years old he began studying vocal music with his father Badri Prashad Mishra and his uncle and Guru Pandit Mahadev Prashad Mishra. From the age of eight and onwards he switched to sitar from vocals. In a family of great classical Indian vocalists he was the first who mastered the sitar. He plays in a singing style called Thumri. Only a few sitar artists can perform in this style, which is characterized by its strong emphasis on ornamentation and deep emotion.

In 1966 he received a gold medal in the All India Music Conference in Calcutta. He performed in Germany for the first time in 1979 and has since played extensively throughout Europe. His first performance in North America was in 1999, and he and his virtuoso son Debu have performed a North American tour every summer since.

Pandit Shivnath Mishra is one of the worlds premiere sitar masters, and well-known and respected on All India radio and television. He has performed with many of Indias great musicians including Kishan Maharaj, Shamta Prashad, Nankoo Maharaj, Lacchu Maharaj (all tabla players of great reknown), and Ashish Khan(sarod player). He has also performed with several international jazz artists such as John Handy, Paul Horn, David Freezen, and Ben Conrad.

He served as the head of the Music Department at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi, India for many years. Presently, he and his son Debu teach at their Academy of Indian Classical Music they established in Varanasi in 2006 when not touring worldwide. They will begin teaching for the first time in North America in March of 2009 at the newly established Mishra School of Indian Classical Music in Nelson, B.C.,Canada.
Deobrat Mishra

Deobrat Mishra playing SitarDeobrat Mishra has a prominent place among young sitar players in India and worldwide. Selectivity, melody, and rhythmic complexity are typical features in his playing style.

Born in 1976, he represents the seventh generation of the Benares Gharana. As a young child he studied tabla with his mother Pramila Mishra, who is the granddaughter of the well- known tabla player Baiju Mishra. He started 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 studying and practicing sitar, he gave his first public performance on stage. Five years later at the age of eleven he performed for the first time on All India Radio.

Since 1994 he has toured throughout Europe with his father. In that same year he was chosen to receive the award of the best young sitar player in India. Later, in 2000 he received the Jewels of Sound award in Mumbai. More recently, Debu received a Masters Degree in Sitar from the Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad.

His many projects include teaching with his father at the musical academy in Varanasi, world touring with his father, solo performances for radio and television, and world music with Indian and European artists.

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Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 fremont ave n
seattle, WA 98103
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