Niladri Kumar is an Indian classical and fusion musician. A global icon to reckon with, he is a world renowned and 5th generation sitar player. Carving his niche, he has emerged as one of a kind musician and successfully managed to further transform the face of an Indian instrument- The Sitar by making it into a widespread, accessible and more intriguing. He has invented his own instrument- an electric sitar that he coined as the ‘Zitar’. Niladri has emerged as one of the finest and undisputed Sitar and Zitar masters. Headlining this music metamorphosis and igniting a new root in the musical scene, he gained admiration for being able to stay true to his roots along with being able to create awareness and make his Indian heritage connect with many at a global scale.
Kumar has also worked with various music directors in Hindi cinema, including A.R. Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Pritam. Niladri was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi's Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, awarded to young musicians, in March 2007. Niladri has also won MTV Immies award for the Best Classical/Fusion Instrumental for his album. He also won the MN Mathur Award in the 51st Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Samaroh for his contribution to Indian classical music in March, 2013.