Ajoy Chakrabarty

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Ajoy Chakrabarty
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Pandit Ji Performing at Rajarani Music Festival 2015, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Background information
Birth name Ajoy Chakrabarty
Born 1952 (age 62–63)
Origin India
Genres Hindustani classical
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1970–present

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (Bengali: অজয় চক্রবর্তী; born 1952) is an Indian Hindustani classical vocalist.[1] He belongs to the Patiala gharana.[2]

Early life[edit]

Chakrabarty was born in Kolkata, Bengal to Ajit Chakrabarty in a Hindu Brahmin family. They moved to India from his homeland, Bangladesh during the partition and raised two sons in Shyamnagar. His younger brother, Sanjay Chakrabarty is a noted composer and music therapist.

His early gurus include his father Late Ajit Kumar Chakraborty, Pannalal Samanta, Kanaidas Baigari, and later on, Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh and Ustad Munawar Ali Khan (son of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan).[3] He has also learned from Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan, Pt. Nibruttibua Sarnaik, Vidushi Hirabai Barodekar, Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna, among others. Because of his extensive training, he is not only a doyen of the Patiala-Kasur style, but can also portray the key features of other major classical gharanas like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Agra, Kirana and even Carnatic music. Despite such a strictly classical training, Chakrabarty is also renowned for his rendering of lighter genres like Thumri, Tappa, Geet, Bhajan, Keertan, Folk, and Film. He graduated first-class-first both in BA and MA from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, and joined the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in 1977–78 as the first scholar. He then rose to the positions of Gold Medalist Fellow, member of the Expert Committee, and senior Guru.[4]

Singing career[edit]

Chakrabarty is considered one of the vocal legends of Indian classical music. He is notable for imagination and sensitivity to lyrics, coupled with his uncanny sense of rhythm. Recipient of as many as 4 prestigious awards of highest order from the President of India – Padma Shri (2011), Sangeet Natak Akademi (Delhi, 1999–2000), Kumar Gandharva (National Award, 1993) and the Best Male Playback Singer (Bengali Film "Chhandaneer" 1990) – Chakrabarty has received felicitation from both the former and present Chief Ministers of West Bengal. The first Indian vocalist invited by the Pakistan and Chinese governments, Chakrabarty has performed in innumerable concerts and is still participating in all prestigious music conferences and festivals, including Dover Lane, Rabindra Sadan, Kala Mandir, Science City in Kolkata; Sanmukhananda, Nehru Centre, NCPA in Mumbai; Kamani and Sirifort in Delhi; Carnegie and Kenedy Centre in the United States, Royal Albert and Queen Elizabeth in England; Theatre De La Ville in France to name a few. He also was awarded honorary citizenship in New Orleans, after performing with jazz musicians at Preservation Hall, the birthplace of jazz music.

Thus far, Chakrabarty has recorded over 100 albums, mostly published from India, the United States, Canada, UK, and Germany, composed of pure classical numbers including live performances and various other genres – Thumri, Dadra, Bhajan and other devotional songs like Shyamasangeet and many Bengali numbers, including songs of Tagore and Qazi Najrul Islam.[4]

Inspired by the ideals of his Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Chakrabarty founded Shrutinandan – A Music Kingdom, a musical institution designed to preserve and perpetuate the tradition of Indian Raga music. By the late 90s, he started to nurture young and budding talents in his music school, and it has since developed into a 1000+ strong body after a period of a decade and a half. Still today, every aspect of Shrutinandan, particularly the development of each student, is closely monitored by Chrakrabarty himself, along with a group of 35 teachers, personally trained by him. The success of his teaching method is demonstrated by his daughter and disciple Kaushiki Chakrabarty, who is accepted globally as the torch-bearer of the Shrutinandan Concept and as an accomplished female vocalist. Along with her, Shrutinandan has produced a dozen other vocalists and instrumentalists of international acclaim in this period of time.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Chakrabarty is married to Chandana Chakrabarty. Their daughter, Kaushiki Chakrabarty is an accomplished female vocalist of Hindustani classical music. Their son, Ananjan Chrakrabarty is a sound engineer and upcoming music director/producer.


Year Song Film Co-Singer Composer Lyricist
1985 Bela Jay Shyamrai Baidurjya Rahasya None Tapan Sinha Tapan Sinha
Nain Mein Nandalal Baidurjya Rahasya None Tapan Sinha Tapan Sinha
2000 Isaiyil Thodanguthamma Hey Ram None Ilayaraja Ilayaraja
Har Koi Samjhe Hey Ram None Ilayaraja Ilayaraja
2001 Aan Milo Sajna Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Parveen Sultana Uttam Singh Anand Bakshi
2005 Yeh Kaun Mujhe Yaad Aaya Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story None Naushad Ali Naqsh Lyallpuri
Vaishnava Jan To Water Kaushiki Desikan Sukhwinder Singh Sukhwinder Singh
2011 Bhorer Alo Bhorer Alo None Jeet Ganguly Priyo Chattopadhyay
2013 Rabso Neha Laage (Bilaval Bandish Shunyo Awnko Kaushiki Desikan Gautam Ghose Gautam Ghose



  1. ^ Sharma, Jyotirmaya (19 March 2005). "Ahoy Ajoy!". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Chatterjee, Guatam (5 August 2005). "Impeccable voice". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Sharma, Jyotirmaya (28 April 2006). "In honour of Bade Khansaheb". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Website of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty". 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official Website of Shrutinandan". 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Alva's Virasat off to a flying start". The Hindu. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

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