|Born||19 September 1980|
|Genres||Indian classical music|
|Occupation(s)||Sarod player, Teacher|
|Associated acts||Kalyan Mukherjea, Irfan Muhammad Khan|
Early life and education
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.
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. 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
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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