Nikhil Banerjee (Bangla: ????? ??????????) (14 October 1931–27 January 1986) was one of India's most prominent sitar players of the second half of the 20th Century. He never achieved the glamour of Vilayat Khan or his gurubhai Ravi Shankar, but Nikhil Banerjee did win great critical acclaim and the hearts of many music lovers. He is remembered as a musician's musician. Along with Ravi Shankar, Vasant Rai, and Ali Akbar Khan, he was trained by "Baba" Ustad Allauddin Khan of the Maihar gharana (school).