I am a student.. a student of Indian Classical Music and of molecular biology. Although they seem to be miles apart in their apparent scope of influence, for me they are intertwined in an experience encompassing complementary inputs from both fields. Science teaches the mind to explain facts and music prepares it to rise above them.
I was born into a family that does not boast of a rich musical heritage but which had members, specially from my paternal side pursuing music to professional levels. My father, Pijush Kumar Chakraborty and his sister Late Gouri Ganguli, were both performers and admired vocalists in their own right and were inspirations in my musical career that has spanned about sixteen years.
I have had formal training in tabla and vocal music from Shri. Robin Adhikary in addition to learning sitar for a considerable period of time under two masters. The former, Late Shri Sunil Saha initiated me into the art of sitar playing at a tender age and taught me the basic elements of dhrupad and beenkar styles that he had mastered over the ages learning under stalwarts like Ustad Dabir Khan, Pt. Shyam Ganguli, Shri. Ahindra Chakraborty and the great Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Following his sad demise, I was lucky to be taken under the rigorous tutelage of Pt. Debaprasad Chakraborty, a leading torch-bearer of the Senia Maihar Gharana and a disciple of musical greats like Pt. Gokul Nag and Shri. Ajoy Sinha Roy. It was under Pt. Chakraborty's guidance that I could learn to imbibe varying aspects of the gayaki and the dhrupad elements in our music and follow a pattern resembling the Nikhil Banerjee school of musical exposition that encompasses the 'tantrakari' (string based) style of the Maihar and the 'gayaki'(vocal based) style of the Vilayatkhani gharanas.
I am presently a graduate student doing research at the Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany. Music has been a passion that I have pursued for all these years, in between my academic career and has been the source of fulfillment and satisfaction.
Awarded the National Scholarship in Instrumental Music by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, 2006
Awarded the degree 'Sangeet Bisharad' by Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
Winner of Dover Lane Music Conference Award for best Instrumentalist, 2007
Winner of HMV Award for Most Promising Talent, 2007
Winner of Dover Lane Music Conference Award for highest scoring musician among all musical streams, 2007
Winner of State Music Academy Award for best instrumentalist, 2007
Winner of Don Bosco School, Kolkata's Music Festival award for best instrumentalist, 2002, 2003
Winner of St. James School, Kolkata's Music Festival award for best instrumentalist, 2003
Lecture-demonstration of Indian Classical Music, FM 105.4 under University Grants Commission initiative
Performed at the Senate Hall of the Technical University of Dresden, Germany at annual convocation event, 2009
Performed at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, 2009
Performed at the West Bengal University of Technology, 2007,2008,2009
Performed at the annual program of 'Majlish', Kolkata, 2007,2009
Performed at the annual program of Central School of Music, Kolkata, 2006,2009
Performed at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Salt Lake, 2007
Performed at music festivals at Don Bosco School, La Martiniere School for girls and St. James School, Kolkata
Performed and recorded for the AIR award for instrumental music at the All India Radio Studios, Kolkata