Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty: Seeker of the Music Within
Author: Shyam Banerji With a Foreword by Gulzar
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Publisher: Niyogi Books
Ajoy Chakrabarty: Seeker of the music within is an in-depth account of the life and work of one of most eminent classical vocalists of our times. The music of destiny becomes divine for someone who embraces every swara that fate has placed on the scoresheet of life with gratitude, regardless of the complexities of the bandish or the composition of joys and sorrows. Those who are able to shine in their divinely ordained music can say, ‘I am my music. My music is His song!’ This is the story of such a person.
Sensitively exploring Ajoy Chakrabarty’s early life, initiation into music, the role of his gurujis, his emergence as a classical singer of note, collaborations with other leading musicians, stewardship of his family legacy and the founding of Shrutinandan—an institution for imparting training in classical music to young learners—the narrative flows through the melody of his life, illuminating its key moments and inspirations.
Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty’s musical journey illustrates that the song of life is a duet rendered in two voices—the voice of destiny and the voice of human effort; both the voices are equally important. Singing this song is not about both voices being in harmony, it is more about both voices singing in sync and the human voice rising to respond to the complex musical notes of destiny’s challenges and opportunities.
About the Author(s):
Writer, composer, explorer of history, philosophy, art and architecture, Shyam Banerji has been closely associated with music and musicians of all genres. He is known for his deep journeys into the relationship between music and spirituality and his inspiring exposition of the theme. A believer in the boundlessness of creativity, he has designed many heritage and value education modules for children, produced and directed over 30 documentary films, written songs sung by top singers of the country and produced music for landmark stage productions. Classical music television programmes conducted by him are today an invaluable part of music archives. Shyam Banerji, along with his creative partner Ruma Dasgupta, has also designed Swanubhooti Vatika, an award-winning Enlightenment Park based on the wisdom of the
Upanishads, near Pune, Maharashtra.
Shyam has worked closely with Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty on many interesting projects. This book is a journey across a long association with Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty’s life, music and vision.