Chhannulal Mishra is an Indian classical singer who excels in Hindustani classical music especially Khayal and Purab Ang Thumri. He was born on 3rd August 1936 in Hariharpur at Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. His grandfather Gudai Maharaj was a tabla player. He has two brothers, Viswanath Mishra, the tabla player and Shivji Mishra, Kathak dancer.
He has four daughters, Sangeeta, Anita, Mamta and Namrata. His son is Ram Kumar Mishra, an emerging Tabla maestro.
His father Badri Prasad Mishra taught him music and then he was coached by Ustad Abdul Ghani Khan of Kirana Gharana School. Then Thakur Jaidev Singh trained him. His unique blend of Baranas Gayaki and Punjab Gayaki in his bhajans, Khayal, Thumri, Chaiti, Dadra and Hori has made him very popular in Hindustaani Classical Music industry.
His audio releases are Anjali – four stutis, two shlokas, two chalisas and one Vandana and Stotra dedicated to Shakti, Mahakali, Saraswati, Ganga, Bhavani and Vindhyeshwari, Echoes of Benares Volume 3, Holi Ke Rankg – Tesu Ke Phool – With eight songs on Holi, Kabir – with 12 Bhajans of Kabir, Krishna Madhav, Purvaiya – Kajari, Rama Raga, Tulsidas – Ramcharitmanas, Shiv Vivah – depicting the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, Spirit of Benares, Krishna, Sundar Kand – Sundar Khand of Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas.
He has travelled extensively performing various musical concerts both within India and abroad. I. C. C. R. invited him to perform during the 50th anniversary celebrations of Indian Independence. He has given many performances in All India Radio and Doordarshan. He serves as the member of Ministry of Culture in Government of India and has released a number of albums with melodic variations. His one Bollywood contribution is for Aarakshan with Shreya Ghoshal.
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He has received Padma Bhushan award from Government of India in 2010. He was given Shiromani Award of Sur Singar Sansad in Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Bihar Sangeet Shiromani Award and Naushad Award of Uttar Pradesh Government.