For an Indian classical musician, there is no greater blessing than to be born into a great lineage. Being the great grandson of Sarangi virtuoso late Pandit Saraju Prasad Mishra, Grandson of late Pandit Mahadeo Prasad Mishra, and Son of Shri Satya Narayan Mishra, Pankaj was bestowed that great opportunity. Thus he was trained from an early age by the renowned Sarangi player of the famous Banaras Gharana, late Pandit Mahesh Prasad Mishra. Pankaj Mishra has received the mantle of his musical forebears with the greatest respect and humility whilst working diligently to earn the reputation of an accomplished representative of an impressive and unique musical family.
ACHIEVEMENTS & PERFORMANCE
At a very young age Pankaj has created a style of his own confirming him of a bright, promising future. At a very early age Pankaj has performed as an Accompanying and Solo Artist in India like Dover Lane Music Conference, Nikhil Banerjee Music Conference, Indo Occidental Symbiosis , Sangeet Piyashi, Mahabalipuram Festival, Chidambaram Festival, Indo-Finnish Festival 1995, Indo- Japan Cultural Festival Etc.
PANKAJ IS AN “A GRADE “ SARANGI PLAYER AT THE PRESTIGIOUS
ALL INDIA RADIO & TELEVISION KOLKATA, INDIA.
His performances also include in some prestigious Festivals in Europe Like the XIth Festival DE Musica I Danca Eivissa Classica and Festa Asia in Spain, in Deutsche welle and W.D.R. (German radio & Television), DIG Concerts in all over Germany, Indian Embassy in Berlin, Dalem Museum Berlin, India Concert in Holland, Akzent Theater Vienna, live concert in Ariana Afghan T.V. Cologn are the few names to mention. Many prestigious institutions have hosted his music including the Ali Akbar
College of Music (California, U.S. and Basel, Switzerland), Ragmala Organization (Edmonton, Canada), Indian Embassy concerts (Berlin and Austria), the Gandharva Music Festival (Netherlands), UCLA, UCSD, UTSA ,,Cal State University-Los Angeles and ,,,Cal Arts at the World music Festival etc.
In 2002, he established a school for Indian Classical Music in Germany where he visits to teach and perform regularly.
ACCOMPANIMENT OF GREAT TABLA MAESTROS:
Late Pt. Shyamal Bose, Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri, Pt. Aninda Chatterjee, Pt. Sankha Chatterjee, Pt.Kumar Bose,Ustad Tari Khan, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pt.Samir Chatterjee, Pt.Subhankar Banerjee.
ACCOMPANIMENT OF GREAT VOCAL MAESTROS:
Vidushi Girija Devi, Late Vidushi Purnima Chaudhury, Ustad Raza Ali Khan, Pt. Dinanath Mishra, the Ghazal King Gulam Ali, Ustad Mahmood Sabri of the Great Sabri Brothers of Pakistan.
ACCOMPANIMENT OF GREAT DANCE MAESTROS & OTHERS:
Pt. Birju Maharaj (The Kathak Exponent) Pt. Chitres Das, Pt. Rammohon Maharaj, Pt. Vijay Shankar. Pankaj has also performed in Akashwani Sangeet Sammelan 2007 in Dibrugarh – ASAM. He performed Doordarshan”s golden Jubily Festival in Patna-Bihar by Patna Doordarshan with Late Bidhushi Purnima Chaudhury & Smt.Mala Prashad in 2009. Pankaj now regularly tours USA, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh & European countries like Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, France, Austria, Denmark etc.
He is also a regular Accompanist to music in Films, and Televisions in India & in Hollywood as well.Pankaj has recorded albums with the famous vocalist Smt. Purnima Chowdhury, Pakhawaj-player Sri Biplab Mondol and tabla players Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Pt. Sankha Chatterjee and Ustad Sabir Khan & many more.
He was awarded the First Position in Sarangi playing from the State Music Academy of West Bengal.
His unique style of playing and interpretation is admired and sought after by a wide range of professionals from venerable Indian masters to luminary world musicians.