Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music
Fostering access and inclusion for children of all communities to receive classical music lessons, Indian classical dance lessons, and the development of community, confidence, and belonging.
DAYA has been collaborating with Deobrat Mishra and the Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music for over a decade. We are honored to bring the arts and music of India to communities in the US, including public audiences and school programs for children. We are also honored to support the Academy back home in India with these concert tours.
Pandit Deobrat Mishra
Deobrat Mishra is one of the most energetic and innovative Sitar artists in India. Refinement, melodic and rhythmic complexity are some of the features of his lively style of playing.
Born in 1976, he represents the 11th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition. When he was a child, he studied Tabla with his mother, Pramila Mishra, granddaughter of the well-known Tabla player Pandit Baiju Mishra. He started to study vocal music with his father at the age of five and began his Sitar training a year later. That same year, after only six months of practice, he performed on stage for the first time. Five years later, he played for All India Radio.
Since 1994, he has been touring throughout Europe with his father. In that same year, he won an award as best young Sitar player of India. In 2000, he received the Jewels of Sound Award in Mumbai. His several projects include music workshops, solo performances for radio and television, international annual tours, as well as world music concerts with Indian and European artists. Moreover, he is the organizer of cultural events and coordinator of didactic work at the Academy of Indian Classical Music, the school he founded in 2006 along with his father, Pandit Shivnath Mishra.
Deobrat received a MA degree in Sitar from Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad. He is visiting professor at Conservatory of Vienna, Conservatory of Milan, University of Sussex and University of Chichester in England.