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Manilal Nag
Background information
Born (1939-08-16) 16 August 1939 (age 84)
Bankura, India
GenresIndian classical music

Pandit Manilal Nag (born 16 August 1939[1]) is an Indian classical sitar player and an exponent of the Bishnupur gharana of Bengal. He was given the Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in India in 2020.[2][3][4]

Training and career

Nag was born in Bankura, and learned to play sitar from his father, Gokul Nag.[5] He made his first public appearance in the All India Music Conference of 1953, accompanied by Samta Prasad on tabla.[6] He has performed many times in the National Programme of Music and Akashvani Sangeet Sammelan since 1954.

He was invited to the United States and European Countries through the I.C.C.R (Government of India) in 1973. In 1979 he was also invited to Australia by the Government Of India as a delegate for participation in the Indian Ocean Art Festival, to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Government of Australia. Nag was attached to the Instrumental Music Division of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy from 2005 to 2011.[7]

Manilal Nag's children and students include sixth-generation sitarist Mita Nag [de], who is also associated with the Bishnupur Gharana.[8]


He received the Sangeet Natak Akademy Award in 2001 and also the Senior Fellowship Award from India's Ministry of Culture in 2005 and an Honorary Gold Medal from the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, in 2008. The Government of West Bengal awarded him the Allauddin Puraskar in 2012 and the Banga Bibhushan in 2015, as well as the Sangeet Mahasamman Award. He has also received the ITC Sangeet Samman, Doverlane Sangeet Samman, Koser Award from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, Sangeet Ratna Award from Mumbai, and Vitasta Award from New Delhi. He was awarded the Padma Shri Award, the fourth highest civilian award in 2020.



  1. ^ Ira Landgarten, Interview with Manilal Nag, 1994. Accessed 1 July 2014
  2. ^ "Padma honours for Ajoy Chakraborty, Manilal Nag". The Times of India. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes given Padma Vibhushan posthumously. Here's full list of Padma award recipients". The Economic Times. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ "MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS" (PDF). Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  5. ^ SwarGanga Music Foundation. Accessed 1 July 2014
  6. ^ "Manilal Nag Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic.
  7. ^ ITC Sangeet Research Academy: Our Faculty Archived 2006-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.Accessed 1 July 2014
  8. ^ "My Padma award is a recognition for the Bishnupur gharana: Pt Manilal Nag | Kolkata News". The Times of India.
  9. ^ "Manilal Nag Discography".
  10. ^ "Ragas Of Dawn".