Pandit Ajay Chakrabarty
Pandit Ajay Chakrabarty enthralls you with a presentation of Raga music, in his serene and melodious voice. Panditji is one of the most well known singers of India. His expanded knowledge of Indian music is clearly heard through his wide repotoire of music ranging from Raga music, through to Bhajans and film music.
After his initial training under his father Mr. Ajit Chakrabarty, Panditji trained with one of the most knowledgeable and charismatic masters of his time - Pandit Gnan Prakash Ghosh. The impact of this training can be clearly recognised through his solid understanding of laya and rhythm, and through his demonstration of expertise in all forms of Indian vocal music. He studied for several years with Ustad Munawar AIi Khan, an exponent of the legendary Patiala gharana, known to all by Bade Ghulam AIi Khan.
He was the first elected Fellow to receive a gold medal from the Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta, a premier music institution of India devoted to the promotion of classical music in India and abroad. Ajoyji joined as a Scholar but was in a few years assigned the rank of Guru and member of the Expert Committee, in recognition of his extraordinary expertise in the field of music. He has made Raga music universal to all, through his devotion to the subject as well as the expression of human emotions through his mellifluous voice. He was the first Indian Classical Vocalist who was invited to perform in Pakistan. As his musical genius prompts him to respect and cultivate all kinds of good music he has been proving his unique excellence in various genres of Indian music. Hence he received the President's Award for the best male playback singer in the 37th National Film Festival 1990 and many other State Awards.
The mission to which Panditji has addressed himself is illustrated through his institution - Shrutinandan. This school has been designed for imparting practical knowledge of the basics of vocal music to musically gifted children so that they realize their potentialities as worthy artistes by adapting themselves to further training and thus carry on this beautiful vocal tradition. It is meant for musically talented children and genuine music lovers from all sections of society, and does not address itself to an elitist patronage. Here people with genuine interest in music will be educated to appreciate Indian Classical Music.
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi once said,” Kaushiki Chakrabarty is one of the very few classical vocalists who will make a mark in the 21st century.” The qualities which had given rise to the level of praise were certainly evident in her captivating performance of Khayal singing at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, London in August 2003. Born in 1980 in the campus of Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, Kaushiki’s training began at the age of two under her mother Chandna Chakrabarty. Soon Kaushiki became a “ganda-bandh” shagird (disciple) of her father’s guru, Gnan Prakash ghosh, but on account of his old age, resumed training under her father, Pandit Ajay Chakrabarty. This helped her shape up to be the versatile artist she is today. One of the central tenets of Kuashiki’s music is voice culture. She doesn’t like to be typecast into grooves like classical or light musician; her flexible voice demonstrates a capability of adapting to any style. Kaushiki recently performed at the celebration of Pandit Jasraj’s distinguished musical career in Kolkata. Her performance moved Jasrajji so much, that it prompted him to announce that it was in Kaushiki that he found the one who would keep the lamp burning as the worthiest successor of the classical vocal music tradition of India.
1. Eri Aali Piya Bin
2. Tuhi Mere Rasna
3. Tumahara Kaaran Jogin Beni
4. Badra Re Tu
5. Khelun Piya Sang Hori
6. Tati Ro Ro Main Baaant Nihara
7. Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baje
8. Saaiyaan Gaye Pardes