Wednesday, September 9, 2020

INDIA Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Soheni & Raga Megh – HMV – EASD 1377

Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Soheni & Raga Megh – His Master's Voice – EASD 1377, released 1972 (LP)

We now share another brilliant album by Maihar gharana sitarist Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), who found his own powerful expression alongside superstars Vilayat Khan and Ravi Shankar. The great Baba Allauddin Khan (1862-1972) quickly recognized his prodigious talent after meeting the teenager in 1947 and accepted him as his disciple. The venerable guru’s son, sarod master Ali Akbar Khan (1922-2009), would later continue Banerjee’s training.

This LP, featuring Swapan Chaudhury, or Chowdhury, (b. 1947) on tabla, exemplifies his extraordinary mastery of melody and rhythm combined with free-flowing emotion, depth, nuance and vitality.

Nous partageons ici un nouvel album du brillant sitariste Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986) qui a imposé son propre style aux côtés des superstars Vilayat Khan et Ravi Shankar. Après avoir rencontré l'adolescent en 1947, le grand Baba Allauddin Khan (1862-1972) a rapidement reconnu son talent prodigieux et l'a accepté comme disciple. Le fils du vénérable guru, le maître du sarod Ali Akbar Khan (1922-2009), poursuivra ensuite l’éducation de Nikhil Banerjee.

Cet album, avec Swapan Chaudhury, ou Chowdhury, (b. 1947) aux tablas, illustre parfaitement son extraordinaire maîtrise de la mélodie et du rythme, alliée à une émotion fluide, une profondeur subtile et une remarquable vitalité.


Our other sitar LP shares:
Nikhil Banerjee – HMV EASD 1378, 1973 here

Nikhil Banerjee – HMV EASD 1342, 1969 here
Vilayat Khan - HMV EALP 1259, 1961 here
Enayat Khan - Megaphone EJNG, 1930s here
Imrat Khan - HMV EALP 1345, 1969 here
Mohammad Sharif Khan Poonch Wala - Bärenreiter/Musicaphon BM 30 L 2029 here
Budhaditya Mukherjee - Melodiya C80-18043-4, 1979 here

Photograph below is from Yoga – The Art of Transformation edited by Debra Diamond, Freer / Sackler, Smithsonian, 2013.

The Cosmic Body: Vishnu Vishvarupa, Rajasthan c. 1800-1820:

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for extraordinary moments you provide us with MUSIC.