Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is one of the most talented and versatile vocalists of India. Born in 1953, he showed his extraordinary promise in music at a very young age. He took his initial training from his father, Shri Ajit Chakrabarty. Later he took his music lessons from Shri Kanai Das Bairagi in 1960. His music career flourished under the guidance of Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh. He joined the Rabindra Bharati University where he stood First Class First in both BA and MA. His score in MA is still unsurpassed. In 1971, he became a disciple of Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, the son of the great Patiala Maestro Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan. Due to his love and dedication for music, Ajoy ji is now regarded as an authentic and leading exponent of the Patiala Gharana.
Ajoy ji's outstanding and brilliant performances enabled him to be honored with several awards. He is the first recipient of the 'Kumar Gandharva' award, the most prestigious national award for the best musician under forty-five years of age. He is the first classical vocalist of India who received the President's Award for the best male playback singer in 1990 and many State Awards for film songs. He is the first Fellow to receive a Gold Medal from the Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, a premier music institution of India devoted to the promotion of classical music in India and abroad. He is the first Indian classical vocalist to be invited by the government of Pakistan to perform in Pakistan.
Over fifty LP, cassette, and CD albums published in India, Pakistan, Europe and USA endear him even to those listeners who do not understand the language of the lyrics.
Bharat Ratna and Oscar winner, Satyajit Ray, who was a regular listener of Ajoy Chakrabarty observed that of all the classical artists he had heard, Ajoy is the only vocalist who knows where and when to stop and he is sure to go far.
Padma Bhusan, Desikottam Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh, an all time great sangeet guru who taught students of three successive generations, maintained that Ajoy is the best of all his students as he is the only artist who brings his highly educated attitude to bear upon his music.
Press comments on Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty:
* "Ajoy Chakrabarty is something of a mioracle of natural gifts and tireless self-culture." -- The Hindu
* "Ajoy's music is beyond criticism." -- The Statesman
* [On the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of India's Independence at Carnegie Hall] "Ajoy Chakrabarty held a rare summit meeting." -- The New York Times
* "Ajoy Chakrabarty has become the principal transmitter of the style of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan." -- The Boston Globe
* "Vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty and his Ambitious Dream: Chakrabarty is trying to do what no one has done before in India. He is making a systematic attempt to seek the best child musical talent and have them trained and guided by a top-class vocalist -- himself." -- India West Magazine (California)
Ajoy Chakrabarty is the founder of 'Srutinandan', a school of music, located in Kolkata - India. The aim of Shrutinandan is to impart practical knowledge of the basics of all forms of Indian vocal music to musically gifted young children in order that they may realise their potential as worthy artists who will perpetuate the rich musical tradition of India. For more information you may see the web site of Shrutinandan.