The word SITAR is derived from the Persian word SEHTAR. It is the most popular, plucked
string instrument, predominantly used in Hindustani Classical Music.
Born to a family of devoted musicians, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra’s musical legacy has
bequeathed down six generations of the Madhubani Gharana. His father renowned Pt. Uma
Shankar Mishra, who was also instrumental in setting up the Department of Sitar at Triveni
Kala Sangam, was the disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar.
Thus, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra’s musical style has elements of both the Madhubani Gharana
and Maihar Gharana. Under the illustrious guidance of his father, he gained prominence for his
keen sense of rhythm and melodious unfolding of musical phrases, patterns and taans.
Along with his father, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra has participated in numerous Spic Macay
concerts in India and has performed for different fund raising programs for educational
institutes. He has conducted lectures in Suriname and Latin American countries and was
invited by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute in Mauritius as a musical expert to coach their
teachers and students from 1981 to 1983. He has been a jury member for the National
Conservatoire of Reunion Island and the Sangeet Natak Academy.
An Associate Professor at Delhi University since last thirty years, Dr. Madan Shankar Mishra
has been continuing his father’s legacy since 2010.
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