Light classical music lovers and connoisseurs in Muscat will be able to listen to Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, one of the foremost exponents of North Indian vocal classical music, when he performs for the first time in Oman at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel auditorium in Muscat on May 18.
Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty will perform for the alumni of Bengal Engineering College in Muscat and their families as part of the celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the second oldest engineering college in India.
Besides classical and light classical numbers by Panditji, the show will also feature an instrumental fusion music performance by musicians from India and Muscat.
In his distinctive resonant voice, Chakrabarty has enthralled audiences around the world with his renditions of Khayal and Thumri.
Although he sings in the Patiala Gharana style, he can perform in other styles like Delhi, Gwalior, Jaipur, Agra and Kirana.
A versatile artist, Panditji's range of singing is not restricted to Hindustani classical, as he has captivated listeners with lighter genres of music like Bhajan, Geet, Bengali folk music, songs of Rabindranath Tagore and even Kirtan. He can also play well the tabla and harmonium.
Introduced to classical music by his father Shree Ajit Kumar Chakrabarty at the age of 12, he underwent rigorous training under the late Shree Pannalal Samanta and the late Shree Kanailal Bairagi. He went on to take advanced training under the late Guru Jnanprakash Ghosh and the late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan.
After his for more than three decades on Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan and Ustad Amir Khan, Panditji founded Shrutinandan, a music institute which carries forward the glorious musical and cultural heritage of India.
As a music director and playback singer he has performed in more than 20 films in several languages. Notable among them are Hey Ram, Gadar - Ek Prem Katha and Taj Mahal.