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Chandra Chakraborty


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Chandra Chakraborty

One of the foremost disciples of late maestro Pandit A Kanan and Vidushi Malabika Kanan, Chandra Chakraborty is a leading Indian classical vocalist and one of the finest interpreters of Kirana Gharana. She also learnt the Purab-aang Thumri Gayakee of Banaras Gharana under the guidance of Padmabivushon Vidushi Girija Devi. 

Chandra has been performing since the age of 6. She was a National Scholar, Gold medalist by All India Radio and an ex-scholar of prestigious Sangeet Research Academy at its golden age. Chandra has performed almost all around the world. She was the principal vocal teacher of Indian consulate, Johannesburg and a lecturer of musicology at Witwatersrand University, South Africa. She has performed for the Queen, performed at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Manchester and her performance was critically acclaimed by many renowned ethno-musicologists and mainstream media e.g. Guardian, BBC etc. 

Chandra is the founder of Kalakar Arts UK and co-founder of Saudha Society of poetry and Indian music. Through Kalakar arts, she has scripted and directed a few unique musicals on the dramatic lives of some female maestros of Indian classical music, such as the legendary Begum Akhtar. These musicals were staged at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Rick Mix, SOAS and Wimbledon Art Space and attracted a house full audience from all walks of life. Chandra performed and conducted many experimental and revolutionary music-initiatives as the artistic director of Saudha, intertwining Indian classical music with other global art forms as well as guided successful campaign of creating new audience of Indian classical music in the West, away from its traditional boundary. 

Chandra has led many unique performances at the House of Commons, Southbank Centre and many other mainstream art and academic venues all around the country. Her performance at Edinburgh Festival was one of the highlights in Festival Review magazine. She has also co-directed a pioneering art-initiative called Bengali Opera with a Leeds based poet T M Ahmed Kaysher. A book on her music and her unique contribution to contemporary classical music has been published by a prestigious South Asian literary platform, The Gronthee. Chandra is the author of an unique book on the life of her Gurus Pandit A Kanan and Malabika Kanan, that is being published by one of the top most publication houses in India called Boichitra.
 

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KNOWLEDGE CENTRE

Raga

A popular melodic mode that uses five or more notes to construct a melody in Indian classical music.


Khayal

Style of vocal music within Hindustani (North Indian) classical music


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