PT. ARNAB CHATTERJEE
VOCALIST OF HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC
The musical heritage initiated by Ustad Abdul Karim Khan Sahib and Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan Sahib,The doyen of Kirana Gharana has meandered through the ages and is still survived by a quite a few vocalists ; Pt. Arnab Chatterjee is unambiguously identified as one of them.
Arnab Chatterjee was born and groomed in a musical ambience amidst nature in the suburban town of Basirhat, near Kolkata. Initiated into music at the early age of five by his father Late Sangeetachariya Sree Arun Kr Chatterjee, a learned musician of the Kirana Gharana, Arnab was later groomed by none other than Late Pandit A. Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan. Arnab flowered into a young performer very early in his life. At the age of seven only he shared the platform with Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at Suresh Sangeet Sammelan,Kolkata in the year 1979.. ITC S.R.A.Sangeet Sammelan `81 saw him as a nine year old performer bursting with Confidence. Securing top position in competitions has been his way of life. A recipient of the National Talent Scholarship, Arnab was awarded the gold medal along with the Degree of Sangeet Visharad by securing the first position. Being an`A` grade artist in the item of khyal and thumri of All India Radio & Doordarshan Kolkata His Regular outstanding performances has raised high hopes among the music lovers and experts. He also performed at The National Programme of Music broadcasted at ALL INDIA RADIO. The Sursingar Samad, Mumbai, bestowed him with the Title of `Surmani`. Arnab was an ex-scholar of ITC-SRA,KOLKATA,had joined as a faculty member in the year of 1998 and studied under the guidance of Late Pandit A Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan and Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan .He has been selected and being empanelled as an artist of Hindustani classical music(vocal) by ICCR.Govt of India. Arnab stood the first position in All India Music Competition organized by Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Sangeet Mondal, Bharuch, Gujrat in the year2002.Now he is attached with Rabindra Bharati University, Bengal Music College Under the University of kolkata and Vishwa Varati Shantiniketan as an external Examiner of Classical Vocal Music on regular basis. BHARATIYA SANSKRITI SAMSAD,KOLKATA,awarded him as a Best vocalist for the year 2005. Arnab Chatterjee was deputed at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh as Hindustani Vocal Music trainer cum performer by ICCR, Govt. of India since Feb,2010 to Feb,2012. He has number of students at India and abroad who are acclaimed as good performer in the field of Hindustani Classical Vocal Music. Besides his Career in Music Arnab Chatterjee passed the graduation in Economics from the University of kolkata.At present Pandit Arnab Chatterjee is a one of the most acclaimed vocalist in the scenario of Hindustani Classical music. He is maintaining the pure tradition of Kirana Gharana with mixing the other forms of gayaki both in Khyal and Thumri with high intellectuality which makes his presentation Very colorful and popular and able to established himself as a very popular vocalist of India.