Context : Pandit Channu lal Mishra, a renowned Hindustani Classical singer is awarded with One of the most prestigious Award Padma Vibhusan (Second highest civilian award of India after Bharat Ratna ) by our honorable president Ram nath Kovind on 8th Nov 2021.
Biography Of Chhannulal Mishra :
The most prominent classical singer of Varanasi Pt Chhannulal was born in 1936 (3rd August) in Azamgarh dist (Uttar pradesh ). Since beginning he learnt the elementary music from Varanasi and his entire life He served Varanasi through his music/ bhajans
His father was also a good singer of classical music. Pandit learned basics of the music from his father Pt Badri Prasad Mishra
Later on , he went to the ustad Abdul Ghani khan to learn music . Abdul Ghani Khan was a renowned musician of Kirana Gharana .
Late padma Bhushan thakur jaidev Singh also taught him the Classical music and he became the popular shishya (Pupil/ disciple) of Thakur jaidev Singh
He was awarded with padma Bhushan in 2010 and also nominated as navranta by Our PM Narendra Modi for clean india Campaign
He was also awarded with several other awards like Shiromani Award of Sur Singar Sansad , Uttar pradesh Sangeet natak Akademi Award , Naushad Award, yash bharti Award as well as Bihar Sangeet Shiromani award . Pt Madan Mohal Malviya award by BHU
He also received an award of international level Smith Sonian award (1995) provide by Air and space auditorium , Washington DC
He was honored by London Music festival
Pandit ji is also entitled with Jewel of Tumari
He had equally command on Khayal, dadra, Thumari, chaiti, kajri sawani, holi and Bhajan
He sung many bhajans and many gajal which had become popular not only in India but beyond this boundary
His bhajan sung for the Bollywood (Sans Alveli in the movie Arakshan) has become too much popular also
He is popular in kahaya (A type of Hindustani classical music) and Thumari (Thumri is a vocal genre or style of Indian music.)
He is also recognized as the top grade artist of all India radio as well as Door darshan
In various government cultural bodies his presence could be seen . For example he is a prominent member of the ministry of culture (government of India) . Many Time our PM has met with him , since the constituency of PM is the residential place of Pt Chhanula Mishra is same
His entire family is related with music and they are carrying the tradition of Hindustani Classical Music. His on in law, pt Anokhe Lal Mishra was also a good tabla player and his son Pt Ram kumar misra is gradaly earning fame as tabla master
He is teaching the basics of music in Varanasi . This work of Pt Chhannulal Mishra ji is really commendable that he is transferring our cultural heritage to the next generation. Definitely he is not only a jewel of Indian traditional music but also Jewels of Indian culture also. He is preserving our cultural heritage. In his honour , our President tweeted that Shri Mishra has the distinction of being equally proficient in classical, semi-classical, light music and folk music.