Niladri Kumar’s instant rapport with audiences across all age barriers, including his attempts to infuse interest in Indian Classical Music in the younger generation, has earned him deserving appreciation. The son of sitar maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar (an eminent disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar) is a fifth generation sitar player who already has several awards and distinctions to his credit, like the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for Instrumental Hindustani Music in 2007, the Sanskriti award, the Jadubhatta Puraskar and the MTV IMMIES for the Best Classical/Fusion Instrumental Album for his album If. The talented musician also has titles like Shanmukha Shree and Surmani bestowed on him .
A part of innumerable concerts worldwide and ten international music albums, Niladri, who is just out with his new Saregama album Priority, believes that music is meant to “touch the soul of the listener and aspire for a fine harmony between tradition and modernity that is in sync with the sensibilities of a global audience”.
This traditional Indian classical musician has a taste for different forms of music enhanced by his working with men like Taufiq Qureshi, Sivamani, Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot and Shankar Mahadevan. Niladri began learning music when he was four and two years later, he performed at the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.
His special instrument, the zitar,