Producer's Note: A Nikhil Banerjee concert was a rare and eagerly awaited event, and I was fortunate enough to be in California at the time of the concert reproduced here. It was the dawn of the Walkman era, when everyone could have a pocketable tape recorder, and in view of the dearth of available recordings of any kind, let alone concerts, I was not about to let this one get away. Using a good deck, separate microphone and sitting near a PA speaker, I got a serviceable audience recording, the kind that makes a fan really happy, but well below the standard of a studio recording. Fortunately for posterity, the sound person at the concert, my friend Bill Lewis, was able to hook up his Nagra, but the first few minutes of the master tape did not survive to the present time. A performance of a raga, or any section thereof can be of any duration; Mr. Banerjee might well have begun where the master tape now begins, had his mood been different-much of the material is repeated. In some of Mr. Banerjee's Indian discography, bleeding chunks (excerpts) are presented. But I know that for my own personal collection I would want the complete performance, and that is how it is presented here. The audience recording is used to cover the missing beginning of the master tape. People may want to hear only the crystal-clear master, so track access has been provided. -John Wilton

Raga Records was formed in large measure to keep Mr. Banerjee's music, especially live concerts, available. Specializing in live concerts and other archival recordings, the catalog includes work of sitarist Manilal Nag, sarod player Buddhadev Das Gupta, and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt playing a modified guitar. Please write to:
Raga Records, P.O. Box 635 Village Station, New York, NY 10014 for a catalog, and mail order information.

Photo Credits Front cover, pp. 5, 18, 20, 21, 26: Ira Landgarten. Swapan Chaudhuri: John Wilton. Faiyaz Khan p. 6, Nikhil Banerjee pp. 24-25, 29, 30: collection John Campana. Allauddin Khan p. 13: collection Ali Akbar College of Music. Amir Khan p. 8: collection Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Credits: Released by arrangement with Mrs. Roma Banerjee. Recorded in Wheeler Auditorium, U.C.B., October 23 1982 by Bill Lewis. Schoeps microphones, Nagra tape recorder. To maintain the purest possible sound, the program remained in the digital domain after transfer from the original master tape, without any later mixing or equalization. Audiofile Engineer: Andy Green. Special thanks to Subrata Chowdhury, John Campana and Ray Spiegel, and to NVI for digital studio facilities. Associate Producer: Ira Landgarten. Produced by John Wilton.