"In my view, Arnab is the best representative of the musical values Pandit Radhika Mohan Maitra had instilled in me." -- Professor Kalyan Mukherjea (1943-2010), eminent Sarode maestro and guru.
The above endorsement from his teacher pretty much sums up what Sarode player Arnab Chakrabarty is about. Arnab's music is all about carrying on the artistic legacy that he has inherited, as per the dictates of his rigorously considered musical tastes. While he is a purist in the Hindustani classical tradition of North India, Arnab's music is neither stuck in convention nor mired in a time-warp. The music, and the musician, are as contemporary as any. The presentation is crisp and flowing, while not negligent of details. Today, Arnab Chakrabarty is considered by many as one of the finest Sarode players in the world, and a reliable representative of the musical knowledge developed over a century and a half by the Shahjahanpur and Gwalior schools of Sarode music.
Tabla maestro Bhupinder Singh Chaggar, who accompanies Arnab on this album, is a pupil of the late Pandit Sharda Sahai, the former head of the Benares gharana (school) of Tabla. Bhupinder Singh is possibly the finest product of the cultural osmosis that has led to the development of talent in the Indian diaspora in the UK. A classical player of the highest order, Bhupinder, while already in his early 30s, may safely be considered a guardian of an age-old tradition of the Tabla. At the same time, he is very much in tune with the demands of the contemporary stage and recording studio, as a Lecturer of Music Production at the Leeds College of Music.
The music presented in this album is subtle in its nuances, and there is no recourse to technical exhibitionism anywhere in the presentation, although it takes only a cursory listen to determine that it is indeed two virtuoso players at work!