Arnab Chakrabarty

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Arnab Chakrabarty
Born(1980-09-19)19 September 1980
OriginMumbai, India
GenresIndian classical music
Occupation(s)Sarod player, Teacher
Associated actsKalyan Mukherjea, Irfan Muhammad Khan
WebsiteOfficial website

Arnab Chakrabarty (born 19 September 1980) is a Hindustani classical musician and sarod player based in Toronto, Canada.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Arnab Chakrabarty grew up in Mumbai, where his father was a professor of chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology. His tutelage commenced under the Sarod exponent Brij Narayan, disciple of his father the Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan and also Ustad Ali Akbar Khan of the Seniya Maihar Gharana. Arnab subsequently trained under Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta of the Shahjahanpur Gharana.[2][3][4]

At the age of 18 Arnab received a Ford Foundation scholarship, which led to a dual degree in ethnomusicology and international relations from Hampshire College in 2002.[4][5] This experience exposed him to other traditions of music, and led him to experiment with new ideas in sarod construction and design, as well as musical idioms.

Subsequent tutelage and influences[edit]

Arnab's early training followed the Maihar and Shahjahanpur schools, which both derived from the Senia idiom founded by the legendary Mian Tansen. However, he has long been influenced by the vocalism-inspired style of the Etawah Gharana, which was taken to new heights by Ustad Vilayat Khan.[6] Chakrabarty continues an extended period of part-tutelage part-collaboration with Vinayak Chittar of this Gharana. He has also studied with a number of vocalists of the Agra and Gwalior Gharanas, notably Yeshwantbua Joshi.

Chakrabarty had reverted to training under a master of the Shahjahanpur Gharana, Kalyan Mukherjea, until Mukherjea's death in March 2010. He has received several dozen traditional sarod compositions from the Lucknow-Shahjahanpur Gharana master, Ustad Irfan Muhammad Khan.[7]

Performative career[edit]

Arnab has had several significant concerts. He made his solo debut in 1994, and won the National Collegiate Competition for Music and Dance three years in a row between 1995 and 1997.[4] In 1999 he performed before Dr Kofi Annan, then the United Nations Secretary General, a memorial programme for the Pakistani peace activist Eqbal Ahmed. Notable performances at home include recitals at the IMG-Britannia Young Masters’ Festival, Mumbai; the Uttarpara Music Conference, Kolkata; and concerts at the Nehru Centre and the National Centre for the Performing Arts.[5]

While he is a capable sarod player in terms of technique and being able to play rapid-fire melodic phrases, he believes a lot of current instrumental music is noise and he exhibits "controlled virtuosity", avoiding showing off technical prowess for its own sake.


  1. ^ Suryanarayanan, Renuka (22 November 2018). "'Raag appeals more to Chennai rasikas,' says Sarod artiste Arnab Chakrabarty". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Entertainment Delhi / Miscellany". The Hindu. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Classical Music Concert at Boston". Assam Portal. Retrieved 23 June 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Arnab Chakrabarty". Eternally Art. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Star Spot". Kolkata: The Telegraph. 22 April 2003.
  6. ^ Rahn, John; Khan, Ustad Imrat (1992). "An Interview with Ustad Imrat Khan". Perspectives of New Music. 30 (6): 126–145. doi:10.2307/3090630. JSTOR 3090630..
  7. ^ "In Kolkata, the inheritor of the Lucknow-Shahjahanpur gharana is trying to keep its legacy alive". Retrieved 25 May 2019.