|Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty|
Ajoy Chakrabarty at Kolkata
|Birth name||Ajoy Chakrabarty|
|Born||25th December, 1952|
|Origin||Shyamnagar, West Bengal, India|
|Genres||Hindustani classical music|
Early life and Gurus
Chakrabarty was born in Kolkata, West Bengal to Ajit Chakraborty in a Hindu Brahmin family. He moved to India from his homeland, Mymensingh of Bangladesh during the partition and raised two sons in Shyamnagar. His younger brother, Sanjay Chakraborty is a lyricist and composer.
Besides that, he had learnt from several other maestros like Latafat Hussain Khan, Nibruttibua Sarnaik, Hirabai Barodekar and in Carnatic styles from M. Balamuralikrishna, that kept enriching his musical expression and repertoire. Despite having such pure classical "taleem" in the Khyal genre, he also renders lighter forms such as Thumri, Tappa, Geet, Bhajan, Kirtan, Folk, Film/Non-Film and modern songs, in several different languages.
He has received several prestigious awards including the Padma Shri (2011), Sangeet Natak Akademi (Delhi, 1999–2000), Kumar Gandharva (National Award, 1993) and the Best Male Playback Singer (Bengali Film "Chhandaneer" 1990) ("For bringing the rare depth of emotion, adorned by his command on the classical idiom") and National Tansen Samman 2015 - by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh,. He has also received felicitations from both the former and present Chief Ministers of his own State, West Bengal. In 2012, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee conferred him the Maha Sangeet Samman and the Banga Bibhushan, two of the State’s highest awards. In 2015 he has received Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh Lifetime Achievement Award.
He also was awarded honorary citizenship in New Orleans, after performing with jazz musicians at Preservation Hall, the birthplace of jazz music.
Although considered a scion and doyen of the Patiala-Kasur Gharana (style), primarily representing Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Barkat Ali Khan sahibs gayaki (singing style), he can portray features of other major gharanas such as Indore, Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Agra, Kirana, Rampur and even Carnatic music of South India.
Thus far, Chakrabarty has recorded over 100 albums, including pure classical and various other genres such as thumri, dadra, bhajans and Bengali songs.
He has performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Preservation Hall in the US, the Royal Albert hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in the UK, and Theatre de la Ville in France.
Inspired by the ideals of his Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Chakrabarty founded Shrutinandan, a school of music.
|1985||Bela Jay Shyamrai||Baidurjya Rahasya||None||Tapan Sinha||Tapan Sinha|
|Nain Mein Nandalal||Baidurjya Rahasya||None||Tapan Sinha||Tapan Sinha|
|1999||Ore Jaat Jaat koris kano||Niyoti||None||Manoranjan Saha||Bablu Samaddar|
|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||A. R. Rahman,(originally composed by Narsinh Mehta)||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|
- National Award – 1989
- Kumar Gandharva Award – 1993
- Sangeet Natak Akademi award – 2000
- Padmashree – 2011
- Banga Bibhushan – 2012
- Alva's Virasat Award – 2012
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- Chatterjee, Guatam (5 August 2005). "Impeccable voice". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- "37th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- "Alva's Virasat off to a flying start". The Hindu. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.