Nikhil Banerjee

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Birthday
14, 1931
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Jan 27, 1986 (54)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
14, 1931
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Jan 27, 1986 (54)

About

Indian classical sitarist of the Maihar Gharana who was regarded as a legend of Indian classical music. He was profoundly influenced by khyal singer Amir Khan.

Before Fame

He was a pupil of the great sarod player Baba Allauddin Khan. He was hired by All India Radio when he was nine, becoming one of the youngest musicians ever employed by the company.

Trivia

He would often rise during his years of training at four in the morning to begin practicing and continue throughout the day until he went to bed at 11.

Family Life

His father Jitendranath Banerjee was an amateur sitarist. He survived three heart attacks, but died from a fourth one on his daughter's birthday in January 1986.

Associated With

He and Ravi Shankar were considered to be two of the greatest sitarists of the 20th century.