Guided Listening Session on the Musical Artistry of Nikhil Banerjee
(Approx. 120 mins)
An NCPA Presentation
This programme makes available to the lovers of Hindustani classical music some of the NCPA’s archival recordings. This month, we present the music of sitar maestro, Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), specially recorded for our archives in 1975 and 1976. A child prodigy, Banerjee was the youngest musician to win a competition and consequently be employed by the All India Radio at the age of nine. His mentors were great instrumentalists such as Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, Radhika Mohan Maitra and the legendary maestro from Maihar, Baba Allauddin Khan along with his son, Ali Akbar Khan. Hailed for his technical virtuosity, he forged his own distinct style of playing, which was imbued with extraordinary fluidity and emotional content. This session will be conducted by Dr. Ashwin Dalvi, who has researched the life and contribution of Banerjee. Dr. Dalvi is a senior disciple of sitar maestro Arvind Parikh and is presently the chairman of Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi.
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. NCPA members will get preferential seating till 6.20 pm.