About Chidanand Nagarkar
Chidanand Nagarkar (1919-1971), a pupil of S.N. Ratanjankar, was known for his brilliant, spontaneous presentations. He headed the music division of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Bombay for 25 years where he taught and groomed a large number of students. Nagarkar was also a gifted composer. Some of the ragas he conceived have come to be widely embraced by the Hindustani music community. Examples are Raga Kaishikiranjani and Raga Ambika Sarang. A number of Nagarkar’s compositions have been preserved in the 1991 book “Chit-Anand” published by Popular Book Depot (Chit-Anand being Nagarkar’s colophon).