Nikhil Banerjee Biography, Age And Career

In this article we will be discussing singer and artist Nikhil Banerjee.

Nikhil Banerjee, a sitar player who lived from 1930 to 1989, was born in Kolkata. His father, the renowned musician Jitendranath Banerjee, gave him his first music lessons. Early on, Nikhil showed his sitar prowess by winning an all-Bengal competition when he was just seven years old. Later, he studied music with Zamindar Birendra Kishore Roychowdhury of Gouripur in Mymensingh. Later, he joined Ustad Alauddin Khan’s discipleship.

Nikhil Banerjee was raised in Calcutta by his father, Jitendranath Banerjee, an amateur sitariya, despite the fact that music careers were prohibited in his Brahmin household. As a young child prodigy, Nikhil won the All-Bengal Sitar Competition at age 9 and soon began performing for All India Radio. 

His sister had been studying under the famed khyal master Amir Khan at the time. Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, the zamindar of Gouripur in modern-day Bangladesh, was in charge of much of Nikhil’s early training when Jitendranath attempted to recruit Mushtaq Ali Khan as the boy’s teacher but was rejected.

Even though music careers were not permitted in his Brahmin family, Nikhil Banerjee was reared in Calcutta by his father, amateur sitariya Jitendranath Banerjee. At age 9, Nikhil, a precocious child prodigy, won the All-Bengal Sitar Competition and shortly started playing for All India Radio. 

At the time, his sister was a student of renowned khyal instructor Amir Khan. Much of Nikhil’s early instruction was overseen by Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, the zamindar of Gouripur in contemporary Bangladesh, after Jitendranath failed in his attempt to secure Mushtaq Ali Khan as the boy’s instructor.

Banerjee started a concert career that would take him around the globe and continue until his passing. He never stopped learning from Allauddin and his offspring, Ali Akbar and Annapurna Devi, during his entire life. He was always a modest musician who was content with much less attention than a player of his magnitude could have competed for, maybe reflecting his early environment. 

He saw composing music as more of a spiritual journey than a worldly one. He was a professor at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in Calcutta when he passed away from a heart attack, although he had not yet been honoured with the Padma Shri or the Padma Bhushan in 1968.

His interpretation of ragas was always quite traditional; at his finest, it was the kind that would draw forth whole new ideas from a raga, ideas that would surprise people greatly since they were so obviously connected to tradition yet had never been considered before. He combined elements from Kalavati and Marwa to create his own raga, Manomanjari.

Nikhil Banerjee Biography
nikhil Banerjee Biography

Nikhil Banerjee Career

Banerjee, a musician himself, was mesmerised by his father’s playing. Since he was four years old, his father and grandfather had discouraged him from picking up an instrument. But when he was five, they gave in, and he got a little sitar. Banerjee quickly adapted to the instrument. 

He was the youngest musician hired by All-India Radio when he was nine years old and also took first place in the All-India sitar competition. For five years, he continued to be a prominent radio performer. Banerjee was one of 15 children, and Ustad Amir Khan, who visited his family’s house to instruct his older sister, had a profound impact on him. Banerjee also spent three months studying with Mustaq Ali Khan and Jnan.

Songs Of Nikhil Banerjee

Some of the popular songs of Nikhil Banerjee:

  • Ahir Bhairav
  • Alaap & Jor
  • Alap
  • Alap feat. Abhijit Banerjee

Nikhil Banerjee

  • Alap and Jor
  • Alap Continued
  • Announcement
  • Baul
  • Baul Melody
  • Bhairavi
  • Bhairavi Thumri: Alap
  • Bhairavi Thumri: Fast Tintal
  • Bhairavi Thumri: Pancham Sawari Tal
  • Bhairavi Thumri: Rupak Tal
  • Bhimpalasri Alap

Nikhil Banerjee

  • Bhimpalasri Fast Tintal

Nikhil Banerjee

  • Bhimpalasri Jhala

Nikhil Banerjee

  • Bhimpalasri Slow Rupak Tal
  • Nikhil Banerjee
  • Bilaskhani Todi: Alap
  • Bilaskhani Todi: Jor
  • Bilaskhani Todi: Tabla Tarparan
  • Chandrakauns
  • Chandrakaush Alap
  • Charukeshi
  • Dhun in Bhatiali
  • Drut Gat
  • Fast Tintal
  • Fast Tintal feat. Abhijit Banerjee

Nikhil Banerjee

  • Gat
  • Gat in Fast Tintal
  • Gat In Matta Taal
  • Gat in Medium Tempo Teental 16 Beats (4 + 4 + 4 + 4) & Fast Tempo Ektaa
  • Gat in Medium Tintal
  • Gat in Slow & Fast Teental
  • Gat in Slow Rupak Tal
  • Gat In Teen Taal
  • Hem Behag
  • Introduction
  • Jhalla
  • Jhalla feat. Abhijit Banerjee
  • Nikhil Banerjee
  • Jhaptal
  • Jogiya Kalingra: Jhalla
  • Jogiya Kalingra: Medium Tintal
  • Jogiya Kalingra: Slow Tintal (Beginning)
  • Jogiya Kalingra: Slow Tintal (Conclusion)
  • Jor
  • Jor feat. Abhijit Banerjee
  • Nikhil Banerjee
  • Spotify
  • Kaushi Kanada
  • Khamaj Rupak, Tintal
  • Komal Rishabh Asavari
  • Mand
  • Manomanjari Alap
  • Manomanjari Introduction
  • Manomanjari Jhalla
  • Manomanjari Jor
  • Manomanjari Rupak Tal
  • Manomanjari Tintal
  • Medium Tintal
  • Mishra Gara
  • Multani Alap

Nikhil Banerjee

  • Multani Fast Tintal

Nikhil Banerjee

Multani Jhala

  • Nikhil Banerjee
  • Multani Medium Tintal

Nikhil Banerjee

  • Raag Ahir Bhairav: Aalap, Gat in Teentaal
  • Raag Bageshree: Gat in Medium Tempo Rupaktaal & Fast Tempo in Teentaal
  • Raag Bageshree: Gat in Medium Tempo Rupaktaal/Fast Tempo in Teentaal
  • Raag Bageshree: Short Alaap
  • Raag Behag: Brief Alaap, Gat in Medium & Fast Tempo in Teentaal
  • Raag Bhoop-Kalyan
  • Raag Bilaskhani Todi
  • Raag Chandra Kauns
  • Raag Chandrakauns: Aalap, Gat in Teentaal
  • Raag Hem Behag
  • Spotify
  • Raag Hem Bihag
  • Raag Hem Lalit
  • Spotify
  • Raag Hemant: Alap and Jor
  • Raag Hemant: Gat in Slow & Fast Teental
  • Raag Jaunpuri
  • Spotify
  • Raag Kirwani
  • Raag Komal Rishab Asavari
  • Spotify
  • Raag Megh
  • Spotify
  • Raag Pahadi: Brief Alaap, Gat in Dadra Taal
  • Raag Pancham-Se-Gara: Short Alaap, Gat in Medium Tempo …
  • Raag Purabi Kalyan
  • Raag Puria Dhanashree: Alap & Jor
  • Raag Puria Dhanashree: Gat in Medium & Fast Teental
  • Raag Sindhura
  • Raag Zila-Kafi
  • Rag Manj Khammaj feat. Ali Akbar Khan / Mahapurush Misra
  • Rag Misra Kafi: Alap
  • Traditional
  • Rag Misra Kafi: Gat in Fast Tintal
  • Traditional
  • Rag Misra Kafi: Gat in Medium Tintal
  • Traditional
  • Rag Misra Kafi: Gat in Slow Rupak Tal
  • Traditional
  • Rag Misra Mand feat. Ali Akbar Khan / Mahapurush Misra
  • Ali Akbar Khan
  • Raga – Hem Behag – Gat Madhyalaya – Drut Teentaal
  • Raga – Shuddha Basant (Alap & Jod)
  • Raga – Shuddha Basant (Vilambit Gat – Teentaal)
  • Raga : Puriya Kalyan – Gat-Vilambit & Drut Teentaa
  • Raga Chandrakaush 

Nikhil Banerjee was a talented and real a cultural gem of India.

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