Profile
Hailing from a background that reverberates with the naad of 'Kirana Gharana', music has been Nishikant's natural inheritance. At an early age, he began imbibing Indian classical music from his grandmother legendary vocalist Smt. Hirabai Barodekar. Under the initial guidance from Ghulam Rasool Khan, Nishikant began his tabla lessons and was awarded the National Scholarship for 3 years. Later he was accepted as a 'GANDABandh Shagird' by world famous tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha. Under the keen and abundant training in the traditional Gurukul style from the maestro and his genius son Ustad Zakir Hussain, Nishikant has developed a style that is distinguished for a fine sense of rhythm, versatility and eloquence. With the permission of his Gurus he launched his professional career and has given public performances both solo and accompaniment in major 'sangeet sammelans' all over the country and abroad. The remarkable ease with which he accompanies instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers, Hindustani and Carnatic artists, fusion and jazz speaks of the discipline and dedication with which this talented musician has pursued music.

Being an 'A' Grade Artist, he regularly performs on All India Radio and T.V. He has travelled USA, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, England, Germany, France, Russia, Hungary, Holland, Italy, Spain, Middle Eastern countries besides India for concerts. Nishikant has recorded with Indian and Western musicians of repute. With his open and imaginative style, Nishikant is emerging as a front ranking artist in today's music world.

He has recorded for major Bollywood films like Devdas, Saaz, Agnivarsha and some Hollywood films like 39 Steps to Hell, Miss Beatty’s Children. He has been regularly accompanying celebrities like Ust. Vilayat Khan, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj, Ust. Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ust. Shadid Parvez, to name a few,  besides his own Guru Ust. Zakir Hussain. Teaching Tabla is also his forte. He has been a Visiting Professor to Universities in USA, Europe and Japan.