The late sitar master Pandit Nikhil Banerjee remains an enormous influence on many Indian classical musicians. Like Ravi Shakhar, Banerjee learned sitar from the great Ustad Allaudin Khan, but unlike Shankar, who went to the West and often cross-fertilized Indian music with music of the West, Banerjee remained true to the strict forms of the Senia Maihar Gharana school of Hindustani music. This rare performance celebrating Banjerjee’s legacy features a four-member ensemble made up of two father and son masters of North Indian sitar and tabla: Parthapratim Chatterjee and son Purbayan Chatterjee, both on sitar, will be accompanied on tabla by Anindo Chatterjee and son Anubrata Chatterjee. Although Purbayan performed a memorable sold-out show at the World Music Festival two years ago, this is a rare convergence of extraordinary Indian musicians sponsored by the India Classical Music Society of Chicago. (Dennis Polkow)
Sunday, May 25. Chicago Cultural Center’s G.A.R. Hall, 78 E. Washington, (312)744-6630. 3pm. Free.