Acharya
Sanjay Chakrabarty

Composer and writer of bio-musicology, Progenitor of peerless philosophy of perennial Indian music, An iconic vocalist & instrumentalist.

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Vocalist

Vocalist
 

Sanjay was blessed with two ‘National Scholarships’ when he was only 14 – one was for basically Mathametics and Science and the other was for the most intricate genre of Indian Vocal Music ‘Thumri.’

It went off the memory lane as to when little Sanjay had his early music lessons from father Late Ajit Kumar Chakrabarty. Soon after his learning process in his early teens got a fillip as he came under the tutelage of his elder brother who is none other than today’s country’s pride, the iconic vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

But the versatility of a visionary, thinker, composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, nay a complete exponent musician as a whole being synonymous with today’s Acharya Sanjay Chakrabarty is, as he believes, the sole benediction of his spiritual life-guides Shri Shri Premananda Teerthaswamiji and Shri Shri Sadananda Brahmachariji.

From his early teens Sanjay started off supporting his elder brother Pandit Ajay Chakrabarty’s vocal concerts on the Harmonium. Later on for a spell of long ten years, he lent Harmonium support to a galaxy of vocal legends like Bhimsen Joshi, Mallikarjun Mansoor, Kishori Amonkar, Girija Devi and so many others of the time in thousands of concerts both in India and abroad. While accompanying them Sanjay lost no time to pick the gems from their Raga renditions of different schools or gharanas. This golden opportunity brought him a great privilege in the making of his own individual style of Khyal and Thumri singing in his later life, as Sanjay admits in gratitude.

With the virtues of his natural flair in writing lyrics and making tune compositions, a good volume of attractive songs came out of the hands of Sanjay in his early youth. While turning alive all those compositions through studio recordings, Sanjay had enjoyed a wonderful association with the world famous vocalists like Asha Bhonslay, Manna Dey, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hariharan as well as his elder brother Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and the immortal composers like Salil Chowdhury and Rahuldeb Burman. And again on having these artistes rehearsed with his compositions, Sanjay reminisces that he too learnt a lot of nittygritties of the modern playback singing styles from them.

The secret of this brilliant range of artistry consists in all his works covering classicism to the delicacies of modern numbers and even fusions, Sanjay owes it all again to the blessing hands of his both the spiritual guides – the hallowed Swami Premananda and Swami Sadananda.
 

 

 

 

Words from the Legends

About Sanjay Chakrabarty

  • Salil Chowdhury

    Sanjay lives and breathes music – a rare thing to be found today.

  • Asha Bhosle

    Sanjay Chakrabarty's vocal timbre is magnificent. In some account his rendition is very near to the style of legendary Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Sahib.

  • Rahuldeb Burman

    My request to his elder brother Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty that he should accord his fondest care to all the creations of Sanjay, his lyrics and tunes." Again in the year of 1995 onwards Sanjay received blessings from other luminaries of both Mumbai and Kolkata music horizon.

  • Dr. L Subramaniam

    His contribution in the field of music will be of great value to musicians and music lovers.

  • Ustad Rashid Khan

    Sanjay Chakrabarty other than being an eminent musician is bestowed with an amazing range of capabilities. A music director blessed with the correct sense of aesthetics and a very well honed music training.

  • Thumri from East India

    Sung by Acharya Sanjay Chakrabarty