Of the great sitar Trinity of the 20th century Pt. Nikhil Banerjee was considered the most sensitive elegant and stylish instrumental. If Pt. Ravi Shankar was celebrated for grandness and Ustad Vilayat Khan for technical prowess and lyricism Pt. Nikhil Banerjee was virtually worshipped for the celestial quality of mystic radiance that he brought to every note of his music. He had achieved an alluring iridescent and absolutely stunning tonality that seemed to echo forth from the mysterious spaces of the stars.
Pt. Nikhil Banerjee learnt his music at the great rishi of Indian music Acharya Allaudin Khan. As with all of the Maihar maestro’s students Nikhilda as he was known to millions of avid music lovers of Bengal had a distinctive personal quality within the maihar mould. The languorous alaap of Maihar acquired a mystic quality in his playing Pt. Nikhil Banerjee could mesmerize haunt his listeners his fan following was classy and completely rabidly attached to his music. He remained a unique cult figure in Bengal standing amongst a group of titans as one who looked inward and skyward to conquer the heavens.
The performances of legends are eternal. Some of these make an indeible mark and become timeless. These masterpieces are than recognized as hits. And we at Saregama have been extremely fortunate to be their custodians. All these artiste have been associated with us since the inception of their careers. We have recorded them during the peak of their careers and have preserved their art form from evanescence and have been releasing them over time to meet the demand from true connoisseurs of music. The great works of these maestros continue to be a source of inspiration of the future generations.
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