Nikhil Banerjee – Discography

Last update 12th August 2011.

This discography includes what I know about LP/Cassette/CD recordings of Nikhil Banerjee, presented by label.

The earlier recordings were on EMI and related company LP issues, many subsequently reissued on cassette then CD. These provide a fair account of studio recordings with a limited performance timespan imposed by the medium. (Nikhil Banerjee is said to have disliked performing this way).

The mid-90s saw the release of some interesting AIR (All India Radio) material.

More recently the companies Raga Records and Chhanda Dhara have released an extraordinary series of CDs of Nikhil’s live performances, which are the best guide to the actual concert experience of listening to this great sitar exponent, who is often regarded as the 20th century’s master of the instrument and its music.

Anthologies and compilations with a mixture of Nikhil Banerjee and other artists’ recordings have been largely ignored where the tracks on these are included within the solo albums below.

Many of these issues are out of print.

78RPM - Unknown publisher
78 rpm record with Ali Akbar Khan for the Bengali film "Kshudita Pashan".
A precomposed musical piece for a kathak dance sequence.
Thumri by Amir Khan on reverse.

AIR Immortal Series SICCD aka T series (CDS)

SICCD 064 AIR 1 1962-66 issued 1995
Rageshree with Karamatullah Khan
Miyan ki Todi with Karamatullah Khan
Nat Bhairav with Gyan Prakash Ghosh

SICCD 065 AIR 2 1967 issued 1995
Bhatiyar with Shyamal Bose
Thumri Pilu with Shyamal Bose

SICCD 066 AIR 3 1965 issued 1995
Desi with Karamatullah Khan
Maru Bihag with Shyamal Bose

SICCD 067 AIR 4 1960-70 issued 1995
Chandra Kauns with Shyamal Bose
Hem Bihag with Shyamal Bose

SICCD 068 AIR 5 1970 issued 1995
Bilaskhani Todi with Shyamal Bose

SICCD 127 AIR Immortal Series ? issued 1992
01 Desh with Samta Prasad
02 Mishra gara with Premballabh
03 Rachna thumri ang with Chatur Lal
04 Rachna Khamaj thumri with Samta Prasad

AIR Akashwani Sangeet issued 2006, recorded “mid 1970s”
01 Bhatiyar
02 Bhairav
No tabla credit?
Amiga ?GDR 1986

Master of the Sitar LP AMIGA 856202
1 Nat Bhairav
2 Tabla solo Teental
3 Baul Melody
Another version of the Chhandra Dhara SP 7082

Amigo Stockholm 1975 LP plus CD rereleases
AMLP 822 Pilu AMLP 831 Desh rel 1978/1979? Sweden
BRGP1042/3 Oriental Records rel 1983 US (lp labels swapped in error)
Desh with Anindo Chatterjee
Pilu with Anindo
Also released by Audiorec on CD as ARCD 2005 (1989) and ARCD 2007 (1993) Also see Esperance
Re-released by Amigo on CD as AMCD 904 & 905 in 1999/2001 resp.
“These two CD's are still available from Country & Eastern records, Sweden at the very reasonable price of £5.
In my opinion the remastering of Piloo is better on the AMCD 904 than on the Audiorec version of same.” (quote L.F. June 2011)

AMMP9405 Signature Series Vol 4 Nikhil Banerjee Ali Akbar Khan 1973 cassette rereleased on CD
Original LP Connoisseur Society CS2055 1973
Nikhil Banerjee Ali Akbar Khan - Manj Khamaj with Mahapurush Misra
Nikhil Banerjee Ali Akbar Khan - Misra Mand with Mahapurush Misra

Atlantis Magnasound cassette and CD reissues

ANC003 Maestro Atlantis Music Classical Heritage of India cassette issued 2000
No tabla player credited, date unknown – reissued cd DSAV 1039 (Multitone, Prestige, BMG)
also D3HI0623 & AMCD003
And “Classical Treasures” Vol 2 EMI 2001
01 - Khambaz
02 - Yaman Bilawal
03 - Miyan ki Todi

C3HI0631 Magnasound The Legend Lives On cassette issued 1993
No tabla player credited on cassette, reissued on CD D3H10631 1996 OMI music May 21 1996
01 Chandrakauns (with Shyamal Bose 1970 – see SICCD 067 above) 28:44
02 Ahir Bhairav (probably with Keramatulla Khan, unknown date) 29:19
And “Classical Treasures” EMI 2001

BANDALOOP - Gara OHRWASCHL Live Concert release 2000 CD
Gara with Shankar Lal 1973

Hemant with Shankar Lal 1973
Munich Live

Bandaloop Production

Bestell 20-29101-4 Harmonia Mundi (Freiburg) vinyl
Tabla player Faiyaz Khan date not known
01 - Charukeshi
02 - Bhairavi

Biswas Records BIS62 Musician's Musician issued 1997
No tabla player credited, date unknown. Abhijit Banerjee on tabla Alternative title Pandit Nikhil Banerjee Lives Forever/The Best Sitar Player.
Wolverhampton, England 1984
01 - Charukeshi (CD 1)
02 - Shyam Kalyan (CD 2)

Chhanda Dhara SNCD CD series (and SP LPs)

Alltime Classic Special Birthday Anniversary Release 2003
SNCD 70203 Special Birthday Anniversary Release Vol 1
Bageshree 01 alap
Bageshree 02 rupak and tintal with Ustad Faiyaz Khan 1971 Stuttgart
SNCD 70803 Special Birthday Anniversary Release Vol 2
01 Behag with Ustad Faiyaz Khan
02 Pancham se Gara with Ustad Faiyaz Khan 1971 Stuttgart
03 Pahadi with Anindo Chaterjee
Also released as SNCD 701/702

Indias Maestro of Melody Live Concert Series

SNCD 71198 Live Concert Vol 1 Malkauns released 1998 Probably 1982
Malkauns-Alap,Jor,Gats slow-medium teental with Samir Chatterjee live at Bath England

SNCD 70499 Live Concert Vol 2 released 1998
Hemant Alaap
Hemant gats with Anindo Chatterjee live Tubingen 1975

SNCD 70600 Live Concert Vol 3 released 2000 (see also CDNF150423 & CDNF150424 below for this performance)
01 Marwa alap jor
02 Puriya Kalyan gats not purabi with Swapan Choudhuri AACM San Rafael 12 Oct 1985

SNCD 70900 Live Concert Vol 4 released 200?
01 - Light classical Thumri with Swapan Choudhuri AACM San Rafael 12 Oct 1985

SNCD 70702 Live Concert Vol 5 released 200?
01 Sindhura
02 Bhoop Kalyan with Zakir Hussain, San Francisco 1976

SNCD 71003 Live Concert Vol 6 released 2003
01 Bhimpalashree
02 Multani
03 Khamaj in thumri style with Ustad Faiyaz Khan London 1971

SNCD 71104 Live Concert Vol 7 released 2004
Maru Behag 01 Alap jor
Maru Behag 02 gats teen ektaal with Anindo Chatterjee Bath, England, 1980

SNCD 70391 Lyrical Sitar issued 1982
Lyrical Sitar - 01 - Raga Nat-Bhairav
Lyrical Sitar - 02 - Raga Mishra-Khamaj
Lyrical Sitar - 03 - Baul Melody (Folk Tune) with Anindo Chatterjee date unknown
Released LP SP 7082

SNCD 8886 Immortal Sitar issued 1986
01 purabi kalyan with Anindo Chatterjee
02 Zila Kafi with Anindo Chatterjee
03 Kirwani with Anindo Chatterjee 1985?
1st 2 tracks released cassette?cd? Two Romantic Ragas C-46 HD-1439 and on LP SP5881 rel 1983

The Genius of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee Live Concert Series

SNCD 71294 Live Concert Series 1
Shyam Kedar - with Zakir Hussain San Francisco 1985
Raga Records discography states -
“I believe this to be Mr. Banerjee's only digital live recording. The packaging states "Recorded live from a concert in Canada." Actually Festival from India, San Francisco October 6, 1985”

SNCD 70595 Live Concert Series 2 issued 1996
Shri - with Anindo Chatterjee London 1985?

SNCD 70296 Live concert series 3 issued 1996?
Rageshree with Anindo Chatterjee, probably same dates/tour as no. 2

SNCD 71096 Live concert series 4 issued 1996
Abhogi with Anindo Chaterjee, Stockholm

SNCD 70198 Live Concert Series 5 issued 1998
Puriya Dhanashree with Abhijit Banerjee London 1984 24/11/84?

Chhanda Dhara LPS
SP 4179 Master of the Sitar LP issued 1979
01 Kirwani
02 Mishra-Khamaj with Anindo Chatterjee

SP 5881 “N.B. plays Two Romantic Ragas”
Purabi Kalyan + Zila-Kafi w/Anindo-re-released as CD

SP 7082 “Raga, Baul Melody & Tabla Solo”
01 Nat-Bhairav / 03 Baul Melody(Folk tunes)/ both re-released as CD , and
02 Tabla solo (Teental) 12:20, w/Anindo not re-released.


DD Archives DD Archives - Audio from # RSR/05/02-DVD
# RSR/05/02-DVD
Raga Sudha Rasa
Maluha Kalyan with Anindo Chatterjee

EASD and related EMI releases LP and Cassette

EASD 1305 1966 and Cassette STCS 02B 6230
Komala Rishab Asawari
Maluha Kalyan
Mishra Gara with Kanai Dutt

EASD 1342 1969 and Cassette STCS 02B 6222
01 Hemant
02 Bhatiyar with Keramatola Khan
also released as Ragas for Meditation (Capitol ST-10518) 1969 01 Bhatiyar 02 Hemant

EASD 1355 1968 and LP ASD 2394
01 - Lalit
02 - Sindhu Bhairavi - Madhyalaya, Drut Sitarkhani
03 - Puriya Kalyan with Kanai Dutta Alap, Madhyalaya an Drut Teental “Vikram” Jasani tanpura
Puriya Kalyan rereleased on saregama “First Time on CD” CD.

EASD 1377 1972/3? and Cassette STCS 02B 2405 - Sohini, Megh
01 - Sohini
02 - Megh with Swapan Chaudhuri

EASD 1378 1973 emi and Cassette STCS 02B 6223
Mand with Swapan Chowdhuri

EASD 1450 1978/88? In Memoriam - Sitar from the Concert Hall Volume 2
Hem-Bihag with Kishen Maharaj, tabla see also HMV cassettes
Rereleased on saregama “First Time on CD” CD.
“Live from Rabindra Sadan 1978 organised by Malhar”
Vilambit Madhya, Drut teental, Ektaal

EASD 1459 and Cassette STCS 02B 6204 “Live at San Rafael , USA ”: Raga
Khamaj & Ragamala (same as EASD 1465)

EASD 1465_1466 and cassette releases STCS 02B 6215/16 1988 – Padmabushan NB In Concerts
1465: Side 1 Raga Khamaj- Gat Vilambat-Rupak, Side 2 Raga Khamaj – Gat
Madhyalaya-Rupak, Ragamala- Gat Drut-Teental
with Swapan Chowdhury AACM San Rafael
1466: Side 1 Raga Mishra Shivranjani – Gat Vilambat-Rupak,
Side 2 Raga Mishra Shivranjani – Gat Vilambat & Drut – Rupak & Teental
with Anindo Chatterjee BITS (Birla Insitute), Pilani, Rajasthan * with drut gat in Kirwani?

EASD 1473-74 aka 6244_6245 released 1989
Marwa alap
Puriya Kalyan gats with Swapan Chowdhury AACM 1985 (see Chhanda Dhara)

EASD1490 Live at Berkeley 1991 (???) – No info on this.
EASD 1490 and Cassette STCS 02B 6274 “Live in Berkeley , USA ”:
Ragas Chandrakaush; Mishra Kafi & Khamaj (possibly same as RAGA 201 ???)

EAST/D 1318 1967 Malkauns Hem Lalit also Cassette STCS 04B 7426
01 - Malkauns
02 - Hem Lalit with Kanai Dutt
also released by Capitol International Series, ST 10502 The Sitar Genius of Nikhil Banerjee 1967
and by EMI (Australia) Ltd. under the HMV label, with the same title OASD 7538.

ECSD 2600 From The Concert Hall issued 1980 also HMV/RPG cassette STCS 04B 7477
Adana with Kishen Maharaj

EMI CMC 1 82502 Chairmans Choice Great Gharanas - Maihar II issued 1994
Great Gharanas - Maihar II - 01 - Puriya Kalyan cf EASD 1355 (Kanai Dutta not Swapan)

The EMI LP catalogue has been extensively mined and reissued for CD including:-

PSLP 5072: Megh alap, jhaptal, Sohini tintal (tabla Swapan Chaudhuri); Malkauns slow and fast tintal, Misra Gara sitarkhani (tabla Kanai Dutt) (From LPs EASD 1305, EAST 1318, EASD 1377.)

PSLP 5301: Komal Rishab Asavari alap, jor, gat in tintal, dhun (tabla Kanai Dutt); Jaunpuri slow and fast tintal, Mand sitarkhani (tabla Swapan Chaudhuri)
PSLP 5301 Komal Rishab Asavari, Jaunpuri Kania Dutt

See also HMV cassette listings

"Morning to Midnight Ragas" Originally 6 cassette set
Melodies of Noon and Dusk EMI CD PSLP 5128 (1989)?
Mand, teental 7.53

ESP - Disques Esperance vinyl - reissued Sonodisc CDs ESPCD

ESPCD\ESP 155530 1975 Paris
Monomanjari (“Momomanjeri”)
Manj Khamaj
Bengal Folk Tune with Anindo Chaterjee studio recording December 1975

ESPCD\ESP 8402 issued 1983
Jogiya Kalingada with Anindo Chatterjee

ESPCD\ESP 8414 1983
Traditions Classiques de l'Orient Vol. 16
Patdeep with Anindo Chatterjee
The order of the alap and gat is swapped on the CD version.

ESP 165540 LP: Raga Desh (same as Amigo)
ESP 165504 LP. Raga Piloo (same as Amigo)

First Hand Records

2011 - The BBC Sessions - Nikhil Banerjee and Anindo Chatterjee. Recorded 22/11/1978 & 01/12/1981. Rag Desh & Kedar. 2 CD set.

Gathani cassette? and CD

Gathani 1010 A Rare Classic Collection rel 1992, date not known, 1984.
Manomanjari (alap, jor, gat in vilambit teental), with Abhijit Banerjee aka Bandopadhyaya (see below)
Republished as CD, catalog # CDC 3004

CDC 3011 Gathani 1011 A Rare Classic Collection issued 1992? Cd issued 2002, date not known 1984.
01 - Marwa - Gat in Vilambit & Drut Teental
02 - Mishra Khamaj - Gat in Drut Teental
Tabla player credited on CD to Abhijit Banerjee. (By Raga Records discography to Abhijit Bandopadhyaya).

Abhijit confirmed the performances were from the 1984 Europe/US tour.

HMV cassettes

6TCS 02B 1156 Monsoon Mood with Ali Akbar Khan 1980
(01 - Ali Akbar Khan - Desh Malhar - with Shankar Ghosh)
02 – Nikhil Banerjee - Megh - with Swapan Chowdhury

Musicassette 6TC 02B 5187 1980/1982?
01 Hem Lalit
02 Malkauns
03 Sindhu Bhairavi
04 Mishra Gara -with Kanai Dutt
Hem Lalit has been reissued in compilations eg Unique Dawn - Rare Morning Ragas

STCS 02B 6194 1978 Rabindra Sadan In Memoriam 88 HMV cassette
Hem Behag with Kishen Maharaj
from EASD 1450 (LP) Rereleased on saregama “First Time on CD” CD

Musical traditions - Berkeley 1978 St Johns aka Purple Egg Production - Cassette
Manj Khamaj with Anindo Chatterjee – August 1978


NRCD 0131 Navras Total Absorption CD Navratna The Great Master
Surdasi Malhar with Abhijit Banerjee Live October 1984 Uni Chicago
Republished Sony Legends Forever

NRCD 0225 Pratibha Released 2011
Raga Yaman Kalyan - Anindo Chatterjee on tabla.
Live at Museee Guimet, Paris 2nd November 1983.

Q-MI-CJ-010 Hemant with Sankha Chatterjee Germany 1977 pub 2010

Q-MC-CA-002 Hindustani Classiest Classical mp3 compilation Raga ?? short piece previously unpublished

Q-MC-CA-001 Timeless Ragas On The Time compilation Raga ?? short piece previously unpublished

Q-MI-CJ-038 Gauri Manjari with Swapan Chaudhuri alap/vilambit teental/drut ektal early ‘80s pub 2011

Raga Music Communications

Nikhil Banerjee - Legends Live – Issued Calcutta 2007
Shyam Kalyan

Surdasi Malhar (live)

Legends RPC626
Miyan ki Malhar (live alap)
(with same raga by Bidushi Roshanara Begum)

Shuddha Basant, Bhairavi
“A rehash of the Venus double album”

Mishra Shivranjani, Sindhura and Adana
“edited versions of the ones published by HMV”

Raga Records Tapes and CDs

RR201 1967 Berkeley tape and cd
Chandrakaush (alap only)
Khamaj with Mahapurush Misra

RR202 1968 Berkeley tape
Manomanjari with Mahapurush Misra

RR207 1982 Berkeley concert part 1 2 cds
Purabi Kalyan (The 100 Minute Raga) with Swapan Chaudhuri

RR204 1982 Berkeley concert part 2
Mishra Kafi with Swapan Chaudhuri

RR211 1970 Rotterdam Afternoon Ragas
01 Bhimpalasri
02 Multani with Kanai Dutt

RR212 Amsterdam de Kosmos 1972
212a Manomanjari
212b Sindhu Khamaj with Zamir Ahmed Khan

RR214 Amsterdam 1970
Hemant with Kanai Dutt

RR216 1965 Morning Ragas Bombay 2cds
Bilaskhani Todi
Jogiya Kalingra
Bhairavi with Nikhil Ghosh

RR217 Munich 1980
Malgunji with Anindo Chatterjee

RR218 Amsterdam 1984
Gawoti with Abhijit Banerjee 3/11/84

RR225 Live, Munich 1976
Shree Rag with Swapan Chaudhuri

RR227 Live 30/12/1964, Chennai issued 2010
Kaushi Kanada
Bhairavi with Prem Vallabh

RPG label CDNF (saregama)

CDNF 150423_4 Sunset Serenity
Sunset Serenity - Live in San Francisco I (CDNF150423) - Marwa - Alap-Jor-Jhala
Sunset Serenity - Live in San Francisco II (CDNF150424) - Puriya Kalyan - Gats with Swapan Chowdhuri
1985 – see Chhanda Dhara. This version may have fuller coverage of the Puriya Kalyan.

CDNF 150012 Sitar Recital I – CD issued 1989 (compilation - see PSLP 5072)
01 - Megh with Swapan Chowdhury alap and jhaptal
02 - Malkauns with Kanai Dutt (complete) vilambit drut teental
03 - Sohini with Swapan Chowdhury Short Alap and Gat
04 - Mishra Gara with Kanai Dutt Sitarkhani gat

CDNF 150043 Padmabhushan NB CD issued 1991 (another compilation - see PSLP 5301)
Komal Rishabh Asavari – alap, jod & gat in teentaal
Jaunpuri – gat vilambit & drut in teentaal
Mand – gat in sitarkhani taal
Dhun – baul (folk tune)? with Kanai Dutt
no info available as to track provenance

Jaunpuri also on CDNF150166, compilation with other artists.

“First Time on CD” CDNF 150871
Puriya Kalyan
Hem Behag .
See EMI/HMV for original issues of these tracks.

CDNF 150859 compilation from EASD releases 2008
Pride of Bengal Pandit Nikhil Banerjee Classical Instrumental Sitar
1 Bhatiyar (1969)
2 Maluha Kalyan '1966)
3 Mishra Gara (1966)
4 Hem Lalit (1967)

Compilations include

CDNF 151000 String Instruments of India
Raga ? "From Sangeet Natak Akademi archives.

CDNF 150104 Rare Morning ragas
Hem Lalit-Alap & Gat in Dhamar Taal Kanai Dutt?

CDNF ?? Best of Sitar
Raga ?

CDNF 150045 Triveni
Hem Behag – w Kishen Maharaj ?

CDNF 150063 Monsoon Melodies 1991
Megh alap and jhaptal?


Sagarika S500454 CD(DDD) Apr 2005 “Selection”
As for Atlantis ANC003 with spurious dhun Bhatiyali from Shahid Parvez
01 - Khambaz
02 - Yaman Bilawal
03 - Miyan ki Todi
04 – Bhatitali dhun

3 CD Set S-3PK-0008 Published 11/09
Lalit with Mahapurush Mishra
Alaap followed by Gat in Vilambit Jhamptaal & Drut in Teentaal

Patdeep with Shankar Ghosh
Alaap & Jod followed by Gat in ilmabit Teentaal and Drut in Teentaal

Shuddha Basant with ?
Alaap & Jod
Hemant Gat in Vilambit Teentall Drut & Jhala in Teentaal

Compilation Sagarika set S50040/41/42/434 2004
Ragas and Time of the Day (4 CD Album)
Includes Chandrakauns Aalap Jod & Gat

VCCD207/8 VENUS Shuddha Basant etc VCBG – 015016 issued March 1993
aka Melody MCD-207/208 - live in Calcutta with Kumar Bose probably March 1985
Reissued as Pt. Nikhil Banerjee (Sitar Vadan) Vol.1 2011 MOD and MP3 24:17+23:27 Vol 2 20:54+21:21
cd1 Shuddha Basant alap jod vilambit teental
cd2 Shuddha Basant (cont) drut teental
Bhairavi Alap,Gat In Maddhya Laya Rupak,Gat In Drut Teentaal
Bonus track (!)
Tilda Basmati Rice Commercial

Washington Bangla Radio

Nikhil Dhwani (vocal)
Tracklist of Washington Bangla Radio mp3 CD
Released October 2010

Rabindrasangeet (Tagore Songs)
1. Ashru Nadir Sudur Pare Ghat Dekha Jay
2. Shyamal Chhaya Nai Ba Gele
Raag Pradhan (Raaga Based)
3. Aasi Bole Keno Elo Na
4. Tomay Ami Peyechi To Jatobar

5. A Tribute To My Friend (Raag: Jog) - A Sarod Recital by Pt. Buddhadeb Dasgupta


DD Archives # RSR/05/02-DVD
Raga Sudha Rasa
Maluha Kalyan with Anindo Chatterjee


The discography of Raga Records was very helpful in providing the impetus and backbone for this discography.
Karl-Michael Schneider’s listing of EMI/HMV early releases helped considerably, as did Bernhard Bruechig’s additional details
Amongst many friends who have contributed information via the internet, Julianna and Bruce are notable for their dedication to accumulating information on ICM and correlating it.
Kanti has a huge and well-documented collection of ICM cds and is generous in sharing his knowledge.
Thanks Abhimonyu for the detail of the rare 78.
Thanks to Louis for additional data.

1 comment:

Alan Tootill said...

Thanks for publicising this discography, which is as complete as I'm able to make it.

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