Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty
(; born 1953) is an Indian Hindustani classical vocalist
. He belongs to the Patiala gharana
Early life and background
Chakrabarty was born in Bengal to Ajit Chakrabarty
in a Hindu Brahmin
family. They moved to India from his homeland, Bangladesh during the partition and raised his two sons in Shyamnagar
. His younger brother, Sanjay Chakrabarty
is a noted composer and music therapist.
His daughter, Kaushiki Chakrabarty
is also an upcoming talent of Hindusthani classical music.
Chakrabarty was a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan
. He is also a first class graduate from the Rabindra Bharati University
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Chakrabarty showed extraordinary promise in vocal music and at the tender age of three, began taking lessons from his father Ajit Chakrabarty
. He then learnt from Pannalal Samanta and Kanai Das Bairagi and later became a student of Padma Bhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh
. In 1969, his training took a decisive turn as he became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan
, son of the legendary maestro of the Patiala-Kasur gharana (school), Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
. He is notable for imagination and sensitivity to lyrics, coupled with his uncanny sense of rhythm.
Awards and recognitions