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Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (born 25 December 1952) is an Indian Hindustani classical vocalist.[1]


1 Early life and Gurus 2 Singing career 3 Personal life 4 Movies 5 Awards 6 References 7 External links

Early life and Gurus[edit] Chakrabarty was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. He moved to India from his homeland, Mymensingh of Bangladesh during the partition and raised two sons in Shyamnagar. His younger brother, Sanjay Chakraborty, is a lyricist and composer. He graduated top of his class in music, both in B.A and M.A from the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata and joined the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in 1977. His father was his first Guru. He then studied with Pannalal Samanta, Kanaidas Baigari and Jnan Prakash Ghosh.[2] Besides that, he had learnt from Latafat Hussain Khan, Nibruttibua Sarnaik, Hirabai Barodekar and in Carnatic styles from M. Balamuralikrishna, that kept enriching his musical expression and repertoire[citation needed]. Despite having such pure classical "taleem" in the Khyal genre, he also renders lighter forms such as Thumri, Tappa, Bhajan, Kirtan, Folk, Film/Non-Film and modern songs, in several different languages. He has received several prestigious awards including the Padma Shri (2011), Sangeet Natak Akademi (Delhi, 1999–2000), Kumar Gandharva (National Award, 1993) and the Best Male Playback Singer (Bengali Film "Chhandaneer" 1990) ("For bringing the rare depth of emotion, adorned by his command on the classical idiom") and National Tansen Samman 2015 - by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh,.[3] He has also received felicitations from both the former and present Chief Ministers of his own State, West Bengal. In 2012, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee conferred him the Maha Sangeet Samman and the Banga Bibhushan, two of the State’s highest awards. In 2015 he has received Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was awarded honorary citizenship in New Orleans, after performing with jazz musicians at Preservation Hall, the birthplace of jazz music. Singing career[edit] Ajoy belongs to the Patiala-Kasur Gharana (style), primarily representing Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Barkat Ali Khan's gayaki (singing style). He is a recipient of the Padma Shri (2011) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (Delhi, 1999-2000) and the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1989- in Bengali Film "Chhandaneer" 1989.[4] He was the first Indian classical vocalist to be invited by Pakistan and China and by BBC for their Golden Jubilee Celebration of India’s Independence. He has performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Preservation Hall in the US, the Royal Albert hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in the UK, and Theatre de la Ville in France. Inspired by the ideals of his Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Chakrabarty founded Shrutinandan, a school of music. Personal life[edit] Chakrabarty is married to Chandana Chakraborty. Their daughter, Kaushiki Chakraborty, is also a vocalist of Hindustani classical music. Their son, Ananjan Chakraborty, is a sound engineer. Movies[edit]

Year Song Film Co-Singer Composer Lyricist

1985 Bela Jay Shyamrai Baidurjya Rahasya None Tapan Sinha Tapan Sinha

Nain Mein Nandalal Baidurjya Rahasya None Tapan Sinha Tapan Sinha

1999 Ore Jaat Jaat koris kano Niyoti None Manoranjan Saha Bablu Samaddar

2000 Isaiyil Thodanguthamma Hey Ram None Ilayaraja Ilayaraja

Har Koi Samjhe Hey Ram None Ilayaraja Ilayaraja

2001 Aan Milo Sajna Gadar: Ek Prem Katha Parveen Sultana Uttam Singh Anand Bakshi

2005 Yeh Kaun Mujhe Yaad Aaya Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story None Naushad Ali Naqsh Lyallpuri

Vaishnava Jan To Water Kaushiki Desikan A. R. Rahman,(originally composed by Narsinh Mehta) Sukhwinder Singh

2011 Bhorer Alo Bhorer Alo None Jeet Ganguly Priyo Chattopadhyay

2013 Rabso Neha Laage (Bilaval Bandish Shunyo Awnko Kaushiki Desikan Gautam Ghose Gautam Ghose


National Award – 1989 Kumar Gandharva Award – 1993 Sangeet Natak Akademi award – 2000 Padmashree – 2011[5] Banga Bibhushan – 2012 Alva's Virasat Award – 2012[6]


^ Sharma, Jyotirmaya (19 March 2005). "Ahoy Ajoy!". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 July 2011.  ^ Sharma, Jyotirmaya (28 April 2006). "In honour of Bade Khansaheb". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 July 2011.  ^ "Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty". SouLSteer. 2015-12-25. Retrieved 2015-12-25.  ^ "37th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.  ^ "Alva's Virasat off to a flying start". The Hindu. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 

External links[edit]

Ajoy Chakrabarty Official Website Ajoy Chakraborty in Asavari Ajoy Chakraborty: Live on BBC Ajoy Chakrabarty Biography and discussion forum

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National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer


Mahendra Kapoor (1967) Manna Dey (1968) S. D. Burman (1969) Manna Dey (1970) Hemant Kumar (1971) K. J. Yesudas (1972) K. J. Yesudas (1973) Mukesh (1974) M. Balamuralikrishna (1975) K. J. Yesudas (1976) Mohammed Rafi (1977) Shimoga Subbanna (1978) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (1979) Anup Ghoshal (1980)


S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (1981) K. J. Yesudas (1982) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (1983) Bhimsen Joshi (1984) Jayachandran (1985) Hemant Kumar (1986) K. J. Yesudas (1987) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (1988) Ajoy Chakrabarty (1989) M. G. Sreekumar (1990) K. J. Yesudas (1991) Rajkumar (1992) K. J. Yesudas (1993) P. Unni Krishnan (1994) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (1995) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam (1996) Hariharan (1997) Sanjeev Abhyankar (1998) M. G. Sreekumar (1999) Shankar Mahadevan (2000)


Udit Narayan (2001) Udit Narayan (2002) Sonu Nigam (2003) Udit Narayan (2004) Naresh Iyer (2005) Gurdas Maan (2006) Shankar Mahadevan (2007) Hariharan (2008) Rupam Islam (2009) Suresh Wadkar (2010) Anand Bhate (2011) Shankar Mahadevan (2012) Rupankar (2013) Sukhwinder Singh (2014) Mahesh Kale (2015) Sundarayyar (2016)

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Bengal Film Journalists' Association – Best Male Playback Award

Playback Singer

Manna Dey (1967) Dwijen Mukhopadhyay (1974) Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay (1975) Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay (1976) Anup Ghoshal (1981) Shibaji Chatterjee (1986) Kishore Kumar (1987) Manna Dey (1988) Shibaji Chatterjee (1989) Anup Ghoshal (1992) Ajoy Chakrabarty (1995) Kumar Sanu (1996) Kumar Sanu (1997) Indranil Sen (1999) Ajoy Chakrabarty (2000) Abhijeet (2001) Srikanto Acharya (2002) Babul Supriyo (2003) Kharaj Mukherjee (2004) Nachiketa Chakraborty (2005) Babul Supriyo (2006) Pranjan Bakshi (2007)

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