Pandit Chhannulal Mishra (Hindi: पंडित छन्नूलाल मिश्रा) (born 3 August 1936) is a Hindustani classical singer from Banaras, a noted expotent 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 is conferred with ‘padmabhusan’ by Government oF India on 25th Janauray, 2010. He started his musical education from his father, Badri Prasad Mishra, which was continued with ‘Ustad Abdul Ghani Khan’ of Kirana gharana, and later he trained under Thakur Jaidev Singh. Today, he is considered one of Indian finest exponents in presenting a unique blend of the Banaras gayaki and the Punjab gayaki, in his khyal, dadra, thumri, chaiti, kajri, hori and bhajans.
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