Bholanath Mishra is an artist who has already carved a niche for himself in the world of classical music. An extremely versatile singer, he has a repertoire which is rich, varied and exuberant, ranging from complex classical ragas to the "Purab ang" thumri, kajri, chaiti, hori, saawan, jhoola, baranasi etc. to bhajans and ghazals. Born on the 17th of January 1964 into a musician's family in Azamgarh district, Uttar Pradesh, this illustruous singer traces his musical lineage to the "parampara" of Sangeetacharya Pandit Sukhdeo Maharaj of the Benaras Gharana. He was lucky enough to be initiated into music by his beloved mother, Smt.Chandravati Devi, a devoted musician herself, after which his formal training in vocal music started under his father, the renowned Pandit Rakhal Mishra.