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Nikhil Banerjee had a magic touch and a sweet voice on the sitar. This recording regrettably is undated — a common characteristic with Banerjee's recorded work. It contains "Nat Bhairab," "Mishra Khamaj" and an unnamed folk melody from the Baul tradition of Bengal. He is accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on tabla.


Born: 14 October 1931 in Calcutta, India

Genre: Indian Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

When Nikhil Banerjee died in 1986, India didn't just lose one of its greatest sitar players, but one of its most influential classical musicians. A former child prodigy who won the All-Bengal sitar competition at the age of nine, Banerjee grew up to earn international acclaim as a highly skilled musician. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Banerjee's "technique is a phenomenon, faster than cheetahs, more secure than the dollar." Music And Musicians observed that "his improvisations always...
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