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Pandit Channulal Mishra

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Pandit Chhannulal Mishra (Hindi: पंडित छन्नूलाल मिश्रा) (born 3 August 1936) is a Hindustani classical singer from Banaras, a noted exponent of the Kirana gharana (school) of the Hindustani classical music and especially the Khayal and the ‘Purab Ang’ - Thumri.
He has been awarded the ‘Shiromani Award’ of Sur Singar Sansad, Bombay; Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award; Naushad Award of U.P. Govt., and the Bihar Sangeet Shiromani Award. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, in 2010.

Mishra was born on 3 August 1936 in Hariharpur, Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, in the home of Badri Prasad Mishra. His grandfather, “Gudai Maharaj” Shanta Prasad was a noted tabla player. Pandit mishra was conferred the Padmabhusan award by the Government oF India on the 25th Janauray, 2010.
He first learnt music with his father, Badri Prasad Mishra and was then was educated by ‘Ustad Abdul Ghani Khan’ of the Kirana gharana. He was trained thereafter by Thakur Jaidev Singh.
Today, he is considered one of Indian finest exponents of Hindustaani classical music because of his unique blend of the Banaras Gayaki and the Punjab Gayaki, in his khyal, dadra, thumri, chaiti, kajri, hori and bhajans.

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