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Ajoy Chakrabarty

Ajoy Chakrabarty showed extraordinary promise in music from a very early age. By the age of three, he began taking lessons from his father, Ajit Chakrabarty, who shaped his early style in North Indian vocal music. He later continued his training under many notable musicians such as Pandit Kanai Das Bairagi, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan (son of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan) and Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh, to name a few. Because of his extensive training, he is not only a doyen of the Patiala-Kasur style, but can also portray the key features of other major classical gharanas. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarti has been with ITC-Sangeet Research Academy since its inception, joining in 1978 as its first scholar. He later became one of the youngest gurus of the Academy – a post he still holds today - and he is also a member of its Expert Committee. Pandit Chakrabarty’s list of awards and honours are monumental. He was awarded with the Padma Shri, the first musician to have received a Gold Medal from ITC-Sangeet Research Academy and the Kumar Gandharva Award for the ‘Best Musician of India under 45’, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Banga Bibhushan, and Alva's Virasat Award, amongst many others.

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