Pandit Anokhe Lal Misra

Pandit Anokhe Lal Misra

He was born in Kashi in 1914. He belonged to the Banaras Gharana of the Tabla. Both his parents died when he was very young and he was brought up by his grandmother. She detected his talent and enrolled him as a student of the Tabla in the Banaras Gharana of Ram Sahaji. As a child, Anokhe lal had to suffer poverty and deprivation. He was put under the tutelage of Pandit Bhairav Prasad, who gave him a rigorous education for 15 continuous years. This really worked wonders. Anokhe lal put in unremitting practice, which went on for hours together, every day.

Anokhelalji’s relentless practice lent a unique clarity to his Tabla syllables. He was applauded for his superb ‘Nikas’ (sound production). He was called the wizard of ‘Na Dhin Dhin Na’. He could play these syllables with exceptional clarity, even at a supersonic speed. This assured him a place in history. Anokhe lal was a soloist as well as an excellent accompanist.

At a time, when appearance in the National Programme of Music on All India Radio was a matter of immense prestige, Anokhe lal figured in the same, a number of times. In the late fifties, his programmes were broadcast by the Voice of America as well. He was afflicted by Gangrene in 1956 and succumbed to it in 1958 at the very young age of 44. Humble and friendly by nature, he was popular all over the country. To him goes the credit of making the audience familiar with the Banaras style of Tabla. Anokhe lal trained a number of pupils. His son Ramji Mishra, the late Mahapurush Mishra, Ishwarlal Mishra, Chhotelal Mishra and Kashinath Mishra are some of the prominent pupils of Pt. Anokhe lal Mishra.

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