Saturday 7:30 PM 02 June 2012 Royal Alberta Museum 12845 – 102 Ave

(Patiala Gharana – Vocal)

PANDIT AJOY CHAKRABARTY(Patiala Gharana - Vocal)

7:30 PM Saturday 02 June 2012 Royal Alberta Museum 12845 – 102 Ave

PANDIT-AJOY-CHAKRABARTYPandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is one of the most talented and versatile vocalists of India. Born in 1953, 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 the 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.

Ajoy Chakrabarty is the founder of 'Shrutinandan', a school of music, located in Kolkata, India, founded with the aim of imparting practical knowledge of all forms of Indian vocal music to musically gifted young children to perpetuate the rich musical tradition of India.