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Arnab Chakrabarty

At 32, Arnab Chakrabarty enjoys the respect of his peers and seniors as a worthy representative of the Hindustani classical music tradition, and one of the finest Sarode players performing today. Arnab has received a comprehensive education in music from such great masters (most recent mentioned first) as Professor Kalyan Mukherjea (1943-2010), Pandit Yashwantbuwa Joshi (1927-2012), Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta (b. 1933) and Pandit Brij Narayan (b. 1952).

Among the current generation of Hindustani classical instrumentalists, Arnab's music stands out because of its devoted focus on the aesthetic and structural beauty of the raga, eschewing the lure of showing off his technical capabilities, which are more than ample. However, a cursory listen to his music is enough to convey to the aficionado that a virtuoso is at work.

Currently based in Europe, Arnab Chakrabarty was born in Bombay, India, in 1980, and along with his traditional musical education, received a liberal education and an open-minded upbringing. This is perhaps relevant to the fact that Arnab is considered a classical purist in matters of musical taste, and yet, not bound by convention. A regular concert performer since the age of 16, Arnab has performed across India, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, to considerable acclaim. However, his maturing as a Sarode player and performer took place only after 2006, owing to a close collaboration with Sitar maestro Vinayak Chittar, and constant guidance from his guru, Prof. Kalyan Mukherjea.

Arnab also enjoys a considerable reputation as an effective teacher of the Sarode and its music to students worldwide.

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