Overview for Classical Treasures: Nikhil Banerjee
Nikhil Banerjee (1931 - 1986) - was one of India's most prominent sitar masters of the 20th century. He took his training under the legendary Ustad Alauddin Khan who was passing on not only playing technique but the musical knowledge and approach of the Maihar Gharana. His interpretation of ragas was ususally traditional although he would sometimes take liberties with the raga in a moment of inspiration. In 1968 he was decorated with the Padma Shri and later was posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan title by the Government of India in the same year as his death. Robert Palmer of The New York Times wrote of Nikhil Banerjee's Carnegie Hall performance in November 1985 "The extraordianry fluidity and assurance of his rhythmic ideas and phrasing set a pace and a standard that would have left most of the international stars of Indian music far behind." This album features an exquisite Sitar recital of different ragas by the mastero which will delight all lovers of Indian Classical music.