Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty

Vocal music in India is held in the highest esteem as it is an act of devotion. Today, there is no greater singer of this ancient tradition than India’s Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. He is the leading exponent of the Patiala gharana school immortalized by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, having studied under his son, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan and maestro Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh.

Ajoy Chakrabarty brings something fresh into each recital, a remarkable gift, considering he is working within a tradition stretching back thousands of years.

Ajoy Chakrabarty’s brilliance lies in his own distinctive blend of styles, his creativity and a magical voice capable of expressing every emotion. From powerful wailing to a sensitive hush, bending a note or altering pace, all nuances with an instinctive sense of rhythm and timing. He is adept at singing a variety of styles such as bhajan, thumri or khyal, the latter meaning ‘imagination’, particularly allowing for the expression of emotion and improvisation, a tradition he has significantly influenced.

A recipient of several awards and accolades including the President of India – Padma Shri (2011), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (Delhi, 1999-2000), The Kumar Gandharva Samman (National Award, 1993) and the Best Male Playback Singer (Bengali Film “Chhandaneer”1990). He has more than 100 albums to his credit published from India, US, UK, Holland and Germany.

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is a leading light in the field of vocal music and is also devoted to passing on the wisdom and beauty of this tradition through his music school Shrutinandan.

“Ajoy’s music is beyond criticism.” — The Statesman