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"Total Absorption" is Absolute Integration!

A splendid malhar beautifuly rendered by the greatest sitar player of the 20th century. Sri Nikhil Bannerjee's tone is immacultate and his approach to raag is subtle and strong, making this the best single recording of Surdasi Malhar I have ever heard. The vilambit gat includes brilliant svar vistar, lay vistar, and other fine things. The drut gat is cheerful and exciting--Bannerjee gives interesting straight tans and some very impressive and tricky gamak tans as well as excellent tihai. I recommend this album wholeheartedly to anyone who loves classical hindustani music.


Born: October 14, 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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