Mata Prasad Mishra

Mata Prasad Mishra with sons Rudra (dance) and Pritam (tabla), Chaitganj, Varanasi, December 2009

Mata Prasad Mishra is an outstanding Kathak dancer and tabla player of Chaitganj, Varanasi. He learned dance from Alakananda Devi and tabla from Panchu Maharaj. His son Rudra (12 in 2011) has been dancing since he was a year and a half old. His brother Pritam (10 in 2011) is a promising tabla player and also plays Western drumkit. Both boys sing and are competent at calling the bols for dance performances. Mata Prasad often performs as a duo with his cousin Ravi Shankar Mishra.


Mata Prasad teaching a tabla class at a school for disadvantaged children.

tabla lesson with Pritam, Varanasi December 2009

performing with Ravi Shankar Mishra (left), Nagari Natak Mandali, Varanasi 2010

© Lucy Durán, Nicolas Magriel, Geoff Baker 2011