Raga Desh

Nikhil Bannerjee

Raga Desh (Amigo 905)
1. Alap
2. Jor
3. Vilambit gat in Teental
4. Drut gat in Teental
Recorded in Stockholm november 19, 1975

Virtuoso Nikhil Banerjee, one of this century’s greatest masters of the Indian sitar, passed away in 1986 at the age of 55. Banerjee was widely acclaimed for his intensely individualistic pursuit of the poetry of raga. Nikhil Banerjee studied northern Indian classical music with the sarodist Ustad Allauddin Khan, father of sarodist Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Annapurna and also teacher of Ravi Shankar and Pannalal Ghosh.

For his second recording he had chosen Raag Desh.

The last existing copies of this album are available from Country & Eastern.


  1. Alap (26:14)
  2. Jor (8:51)
  3. Vilambit Gat in Teental (4:12)
  4. Drut Gat in Teental (13:46)


Pandit Nikhil Bannerjee, sitar
Anindo Chatterjee, tabla
Ratan Mukherjee, tamboura