Sat 10/11 Jun: Sangeet Mishra (sarangi – Mumbai)

Qld Sangeet Mela Assoc presents an evening of Hindustani classical music featuring 8th generation sarangi maestro Sangeet Mishra, direct from Mumbai.

7pm: Bansuri – Darshil Shah (tabla by Pankaj Navlekar)
730pm: Interval – samosas and chai will be served courtesy of Brisbane Indian Times
8pm: Sarangi – Sangeet Mishra (tabla by Shen Flindell)

Ticket bookings:

: Sat 3 Jun Bangalow:
: Sat 10 Jun Sunnybank:
: Sun 11 Jun Buderim:


Born into the legendary Mishra family who are of the renowned Banaras Gharana, Sangeet Mishra is an 8th generation sarangi player. His first Guru was his paternal grandfather, the late maestro, Pt. Narayan Das Mishra and under his guidance Sangeet required a remarkable proficiency in vocals. Living the culture of North Indian classical music from birth it is not surprising he is doing what he does best, playing the Sarangi full time. Initially, he started to learn sarangi from his maternal grandfather, the world renowned sarangi player Pt. Bhagwan Das Mishra and his father Pt.Santosh Mishra. His seniors and gurus are proud of the way he is growing into a fine musician. Sangeet plays with a great depth of cultural understanding and knowledge that rises above gymnastics, he plays with soul straight from the heart. His capabilities and nuances of expression are extensive, demonstrated by the way he plays a raag without missing the true sruti of the raag. He has laboured to keep alive the music and techniques of the great elders past and present by acquiring both the tantakri and gayaki style of playing the sarangi. Rooted firmly in the ancient traditions and techniques of shastriya sangeet (classical music) Sangeet has created a distinctive individuality to his playing. Through his innovations as a musician he has succeeded in blending contemporary musical thought in playing the sarangi without compromising on its traditional purity and essence. A versatile performer, he is known for his solo recital, accompaniment playing and successfully collaborating with musicians from different genres across countries together, creating a unique musical language.

Presently based in Mumbai, Sangeet maintains a busy schedule, traveling interstate in India and globally. He is a sought after musician for solo recitals, accompaniment for traditional vocal and dance, contemporary Indian music, as well as within the global world of fusion music.

Darshil is one of the most prominent Bansuri (Bamboo Flute) players in Australia. He has been playing Bansuri since the year 2000. Born & Brought up in Mumbai, he has had the privilege of learning music from some of the best Bansuri Players of Maihar Gharana (Lineage). His current guru is Shri Partha Sarkar who is a senior disciple of Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Darshil’s core musical roots are from Indian Classical Raga Music, however he is always keen to collaborate with artists from all genres and explore the musical boundaries. He loves adding the Hindustani classical music touch to complement any existing music, song or piece performed. He has had experience in performing solo and with artists from various musical backgrounds like Raga, Fusion, Folk, Jazz, Yoga, Sound healing, Ghazal, Bhajan, Live Theatre, Bollywood, Kathak, Sufi, Qawwali, Western Classical and World Music collaborations. Darshil is very passionate about teaching this art to the next generation of musicians, interested in exploring the beauty and sound of this natural instrument and has built a successful Bansuri brand named BambooMagic8.

Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana of tabla by Pt Ashutosh Bhattacharya in 1994, Shen Flindell has grown to become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He is the accompanist of choice for Indian classical artists visiting Brisbane, and also performs in fusion groups such as Tibet2Timbuk2. He is best known for his beautiful sound and supportive accompaniment. In 2019 Shen instigated the founding of Queensland Sangeet Mela Association (QSMA), to foster the development of Indian classical music in Queensland. Shen loves bringing people together to unite through music, whether it’s playing with his many young students or collaborating with top musicians from around the world.

Pankaj Navlekar is a Classical Tabla player of the Hindustani (North Indian) style of playing, and has been a resident of Brisbane since 2011. He was introduced to the classical tradition of Tabla playing at a very early age of 10, in his hometown in India. After learning Tabla for 6 years in a local music school in his hometown of Jabalpore, he was introduced to the ‘Gurukul’ tradition of learning under the tutelage of Pandit Gopalrao Wadegaonkar. Pankaj has received training in the Farookhabaad style of Tabla playing – some famous artistes from which include Ustad Amir Hussein Khan and the legendary Ustad Ahmed Jaan Thirakwa. Pankaj calls Brisbane his home and has been a regular performer in Brisbane’s Classical and Semi-Classical music circles and has accompanied vocal and instrumental artists from within Brisbane and overseas.

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