About me

Deobrat Mishra is an Indian Sitar, Surbahar 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 11th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition.

As a young child he studied tabla with his mother,mrsPramila 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.

In 2005, he performed and recorded an album with Western Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra del Piemonte, in Torino, Italy.

In 2010, Deobrat Mishra played with Indian musicians in Denmark for Global Voices of percussion. Musicians from all over the world performed and Deobrat Mishra represented Indian music in this festival.

Mishra represented Indian music in this fest.
In June 12th 2012 , the Mishras created history by conducting an Orchestra of 108 sitar players in Varanasi- India. The Total number of musicians who performed were 151, including Tabla and Flute players. The piece was composed by Pandit Shivnath Mishra.
He is a performing member of groups like India Meets Europe in Luxembourg. Indo-European Music Ensemble in Italy, Trio Benares and Embryo in Germany, and Open Strings in Austria, and Soul of Benares in India.

With his Father and nephew, Prashant Mishra on tabla, their group , "Music of Benares" tours around the world annually.


Above all, the Mishras (father and son) serve as two of India’s leading cultural ambassadors of our times.

 Performed in:

  • Sankat Mochan Music Festival-Varanasi
  • Dhrupad Mela- Varanasi
  • Suberbun Music cercle -Mumbai
  • Tirupati Balaji Temple- Tirumala
  • Tanjavor- Tanjavor
  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram- Pondicherry
  • Bharat Nivas- Auroville
  • Matunga Center- Mumbai
  • India Habitat Center- Delhi
  • U.P. Sangget Natak Akadmi- Lucknow

 2005, he performed and recorded an album with Western Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra del Piemonte, in Torino, Italy

  • Indo-European Music Ensemble
  • India meets Europe
  • Open Strings
  • Trio Benares
  • Embryo

Awards:

  • Kashi Ratna awarded by Maharaja of Benares for Surbahar
  • Youth Festival award 1994 (Gov. of India)
  • Swar Mani Award 2000 (Sur Singar Samsad Mumbai)

Discography:

  • Soul of Benares (2013) – Bihaan Music
  • India Meets Europe (2012) - Amnesty International, Luxembourg
  • Sitar Jugalbandi (2011) - Bihaan Music
  • Sound of Meditation (2011)- Bihaan Music
  • Gandharva Indoeuropean Music Ensemble (2009) - Amiata Records, Italy
  • Milan (2009) - Bihaan Music
  • Soul of Sitar (2007) - T-Series
  • Emotions of Sitar (2007)- T-Series
  • Sound of Sitar (2006) - T-Series
  • Sitar Jugalbandi (2006) - T-Series
  • Cororchestra del Piemonte (2005) - La Stampa, Italy
  • Raga Cycle (2004) - Soundings of the planet, USA