Lyrical Sitar - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee

Lyrical Sitar

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee

  • Genre: Indian Classical
  • Release Date: 1991-01-01
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 7

  • ℗ 1991 Chhanda Dhara


Play Title Time Download
Raga Nat Bhairav: Alap 6:15  
Raga Nat Bhairav: Gat In Mediu 9:08  
Raga Nat Bhairav: Gat In Fast 8:02  
Raga Mishra Khamaj: Aochar, Ga 9:35  
Raga Mishra Khamaj: Gat In Med 6:55  
Baul Folk Tune: Prelude 2:18  
Baul Folk Tune: Gat In Medium 9:51  


  • Last song

    By randomresonance
    The last tune seems to be "Gram Chara ei Ranga Matir Poth" - a Bengali folk song. The name roughly translates to "The Red-earth Path from the Village".
  • About Indian Classical Music...

    By MusicReviewer
    Indian classical music is principally based on melody and rhythm, not on harmony, counterpoint, chords, modulation and the other basics of Western classical music. The system of Indian music known as Raga Sangeet can be traced back nearly two thousand years to its origin in the Vedic hymns of the Hindu temples, the fundamental source of all Indian music. Thus, as in Western music, the roots of Indian classical music are religious. To us, music can be a spiritual discipline on the path to self-realisation, for we follow the traditional teaching that sound is God - Nada Brahma: By this process individual consciousness can be elevated to a realm of awareness where the revelation of the true meaning of the universe - its eternal and unchanging essence - can be joyfully experienced. Our ragas are the vehicles by which this essence can be perceived. The ancient Vedic scriptures teach that there are two types of sound. One is a vibration of ether, the upper or purer air near the celestral realm. This sound is called Anahata Nad or unstruck sound. Sought after by great enlightened yogis, it can only be heard by them. The sound of the universe is the vibration thought by some to be like the music of the spheres that the Greek Pythagoras described in the 6th century B.C. The other sound Ahata Nad or struck sound, is the vibration of air in the lower atmosphere closer to the earth. It is any sound that we hear in nature or man-made sounds, musical and non-musical. The tradition of Indian classical music is an oral one. It is taught directly by the guru to the disciple, rather than by the notation method used in the West. The very heart of Indian music is the raga: the melodic form upon which the musician improvises. This framework is established by tradition and inspired by the creative spirits of master musicians. Ragas are extremely difficult to explain in a few words. Though Indian music is modal in character, ragas should not be mistaken as modes that one hears in the music of the Middle and Far Eastern countries, nor be understood to be a scale, melody per se, a composition, or a key. A raga is a scientific, precise, subtle and aesthetic melodic form with its own peculiar ascending and descending movement consisting of either a full seven note octave, or a series of six or five notes (or a combination of any of these) in a rising or falling structure called the Arohana and Avarohana. It is the subtle difference in the order of notes, an omission of a dissonant note, an emphasis on a particular note, the slide from one note to another, and the use of microtones together with other subtleties, that demarcate one raga from the other. There is a saying in Sanskrit - "Ranjayathi iti Ragah" - which means, "that which colours the mind is a raga." For a raga to truly colour the mind of the listener, its effect must be created not only through the notes and the embellishments, but also by the presentation of the speific emotion or mood characteristic of each raga. Thus through rich melodies in our music, every human emotion, every subtle feeling in man and nature can be musically expressed and experienced. The performing arts in India - music, dance,drama, and poetry - are based on the concept of Nava Rasa , or the "nine sentiments." Literally, rasa means "juice" or "extract" but here in this context, we take it to mean "emotion" or "sentiment." The acknowledged order of these sentiments is as follows: Shringara (romantic and erotic): Hasya (humorous): Karuna (pathetic): Raudra (anger): Veera (heroic): Bhayanaka (fearful): Vibhatsa (disgustful): Adbhuta (amazement): Shanta (peaceful). Each raga is principally dominated by one of these nine rasas, although the performer can also bring out other emotions in a less prominent way. The more closely the notes of a raga conform to the expression of one single idea or emotion, the more overwhelming the effect of the raga. In addition to being associated with a particular mood, each raga is also closely connected to a particular time of day or a season of the year. The cycle of day and night, as well as the cycle of the seasons, is analogous to the cycle of life itself. Each part of the day - such as the time before dawn, noon, late afternoon, early evening, late night - is associated with a definite sentiment. The explanation of the time associated with each raga may be found in the nature of the notes that comprise it, or in historical anecdotes concerning the raga. (Read more on on the worldwide web)
  • Sitar at top

    By Shatatantri
    Nikhil Banerjee is a Sitar exponent who had been famous for his sweet tone sitar and a very talented musician himself. Raga Nat Bhairav is specially very sweet and cant stop listening to it again and again. What a bargain is this album ! The folk tune at the end depicts the eastern Indian influence on this artist's Sitar playing, he being from that region. I was able to relate the tune with many songs from the Indian Hindi Cinema. very nice !
  • favorite

    By kaitlin~
    i listened to many sitar cds while relaxing and made sure not to look at the titles. this cd struck me as the best. great rythem and sound...gets you into the groove
  • a classic

    By good3ar
    very good sitar music; ideal for unwinding yourself.
  • Wonderful

    By pari
    Very good ragas played by the great maestro. He has both the grace and the speed.
  • Excellent recording

    By stringdude
    This is an excellent piece of Indian classical music with a good mix of sublime and light classical ragas. Nikhil Banerjee's albums are hard to find and it is good to see this on iTunes.


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