Celestial Music of Pandit Lalmani Misra - and the Music Department

DVD released by Laxmi G. Tewari




South Asia Conference

April 27-29, 2007

Organized by the South Asian Studies Alliance.
Hosted by Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Saturday, April 27, 2007

Celestial Music of Pandit Lalmani Misra Laxmi G. Tewari, Sonoma State Univeristy.

      This DVD has been released by Laxmi G. Tewari and the Music Department of Sonoma State University. To the best of my knowledge, it is the only visual media available on the playing of Vichitra Vina. The late Dr. Misra is accompanied on Tabla by Pandit Chhote Lal Mishra, a disciple of the late Pandit Anokhe Lal Mishra of Varanasi. Tambura is played by Mrs. Carolyn Tewari.

A short clip of Dr. Misra playing Vichitra Veena is here.

To obtain a copy of the DVD ($20 + handling, postage) please click here.


In his A tale of Guru and Shishya (India Currents, May 2007 p. 52) Teed Rockwell not only reviews the DVD but also provides a short biographical sketch of Dr. Lalmani Misra based on his interview with Laxmi G. Tewari. About performances on DVD he writes,

Misra’s performances on this DVD certainly have the potential to inspire young players who are looking for their instrument. Each raga unfolds naturally, effectively using space in the early parts of each movement, and then building up to a powerful climax featuring chikare (strumming), fast scales, and gamak (wide vibrato). He also creates a very wide dynamic range by alternating between forceful picking with two mizrabs (sitar fingerpicks), and quietly subtle slides. Misra is, like so many great Indian musicians, a traditionalist with a truly original sound.


For full article, click here


References :

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Laxmi Ganesh Tewari on wikipedia

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