Niladri Kumar

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1973  in Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Musician, playback singer, composer and sitarist Niladri Kumar`s discography features a number of albums and feature films in Bollywood. A recipient of the MTV Immies Award for Best Classical/Fusion Instrumental, he is also credited with the creation of an instrument named zitar, which is a hybrid between sitar and guitar. Together (2001), Sitar Gaze (2005), Zitar (2008), Plucked (2013) and Sur Yajna (2014) are some of the popular albums composed by the musician.

As a sitarist, Kumar has associated with various music directors in Bollywood, including A.R. Rahman and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Some of his works as an instrumentalist can be heard in passages from hit songs like Chup Chup Ke from Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Crazy Kiya Re from Dhoom 2 (2006) and Tere Naina from My Name is Khan (2010). Besides these, Kumar has also served as a playback singer in films like Maazii (2013) and Sarkar 3 (2017). Notable movie credits as a music director include the political thriller Shorgul (2016), the Kannada romantic drama Niruttara (2016) and the Bollywood romantic drama Laila Majnu (2018).