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Shivnath Mishra
Shivnath Mishra at his academy in 2007
Shivnath Mishra at his academy in 2007
Background information
Born (1943-10-12) 12 October 1943 (age 78)
Benares, Benares State, British India
GenresIndian classical music
LabelsT-Series, Soundings of the Planet

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
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, Frace, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Switzerlad, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada 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].


  • 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)

Awards and accolades

  • Shivnath Mishra was awarded the title of Padma Shri in 2022.[5] He is the only Sitar player from Varanasi to have received Padma Shri Award after Ravi Shankar[6]
  • Shivnath Mishra was awarded the UP Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2004.


  1. ^ "सात समंदर पार, सुरों का गुलदस्ता 'सुर बहार'". Amar Ujala Hindi News (in Hindi). 5 December 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Maheshwar Narmda Start of river festival - नर्मदा के सुरम्य घाट पर सजी संगीत की शाम". Patrika (Hindi newspaper) (in Hindi). 19 February 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Musical journey of Mishra brothers started with advent in varanasi". Hindustan (in Hindi). 20 November 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2018. प्रख्यात सितार वादक पं. शिवनाथ मिश्र
  4. ^ "Father and son sitarists plan Eugene concert". The Register-Guard. 30 July 2004. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
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  6. ^ "Padma Awards 2022: वाराणसी के पांच विभूतियों को पद्म सम्मान, 125 साल के योग गुरु शिवानंद को पद्मश्री".
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