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Walcott, Collin (24 April 1945–08 November 1984), jazz and world music percussionist and sitar player, was born in New York City. His parents’ names are unknown. Walcott’s mother was a classical pianist. While in elementary school he studied violin for two years. From 1957 to 1959 he took lessons on snare drum from Walter Rosenberger of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and he learned to play tympani while boarding at the Putney School in Putney, Vermont. Walcott’s family spent summers in Norfolk, Connecticut, where the Yale Summer School of Music and Art was located. For six years, until his graduation from high school, he was the resident percussionist in chamber music groups. During this period he became acquainted with Indian classical music. In 1963 Walcott enrolled at Indiana University, where he received instruction from percussionist George Gaber. He graduated in 1966. His investigation of Indian music continued at the University of California in Los Angeles, where he took lessons on sitar from Ravi Shankar and on tablā from Alla Rakha....