World-renowned sitar master Deobrat Mishra, accompanied by his nephew Prashant Mishra on tabla, will perform Thursday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

Tickets for the event, a benefit for the Banares Music Academy and the DAYA Foundation (yoga training in prison), are $22 and can be purchased online at by calling 691-4914 (phone orders are PayPal only). Tickets also will be available at the door.

The son of Pandit Shivnath Mishra, a legend of sitar from Banares, India, Deobrat Mishra has an energetic and innovative playing style, with typical features like selectivity, melody and rhythmic complexity. Born in 1976, he represents the 11th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition. As a young child, he studied tabla with his mother, Pramila Mishra, who was the granddaughter of the well-known tabla player Pandit Baiju Mishra of Benares. He studied vocal music with his father at age 5 and began his sitar lessons a year later. That same year, after only six months of studying the sitar, he gave his first public performance on stage.

Since 1994, he has been touring throughout India, Europe and North America. In the same year, he was chosen to receive the award of Young Sitar Player of India by Youth Festival. In 2000, he received award of Sur Mani in Mumbai. His many projects include music workshops, solo performances for radio and television, as well as world music programs with Indian and European artists. Moreover, he provides music lessons at the Academy of Indian Classical Music, the school he founded along with his father in 2006.

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