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Anjan Chattopadhyay- Co-Creator


Sitar maestro Anjan Chattopadhyay was born in a family of culture and aristocracy, in Calcutta.  He was brought up in an environment of soft, sweet and serene Indian Classical Music.  His elder brother Pandit Gourishankar Chattopadhyay is an eminent surbahar and sitar player belongs to Senia Gharana.  His initial training in sitar could make an indelible impression on Anjan’s mind about the depth of instrument in sound and melody.  Simultaneously, he was having initial vocal training from his elder sister.  Anjan started to feel the fragrance and the pulsation of life in music.  He became more committed to his music and the advancement in sitar playing started rigorously under the tough guidance of his brother. 

At the age of nine, Anjan did his debut performance at a conference in Calcutta in 1969 with the sensitive appraisal of the critics.  As the days passed on, Anjan’s love for music grew more and more and he started feeling the cry of his heart for plunging into the deep vast ocean of Music.  To know and to get the ideas of rhythmic part of Music he became disciple of the Tabla wizard Ustad Shaukat Ali Khan. For advancement in the stream of Sitar Instrument he became a student of world famous Sitarist Surasree Kalyani Roy, one of the senior most students of Aftaab-e-Sitar Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan, the trendsetter of modern days’ sitar playing.  To grasp the serene and sublime mood of music, Anjan felt his sitar must sing like a vocalist.  Therefore he started taking lessons in vocal music under the tutelage of Shree Muktipada Dutta, a representative of Agra gharana.  That is the way Anjan reached the root of music for picking up the precious gems.  Enormous and erudite talim made Anjan to set forth for becoming an artist who’s each bold stroke in hard strings could express excellence in each and every repertoire. Connoisseurs have been wonderstruck by his ability to   balancing between technical verbosity and aesthetic gentility finely on the one hand and by his sense of symmetry and logic in musical efforts on the other.

In his musical career, Anjan has got numerous awards, recognitions and felicitations.  In 1986, he was awarded the prestigious first prize in All India Music Competition organized by the State Music Academy of West Bengal Government.  In 1987, he was felicitated with the prestigious title ‘SURMANI’ after performing at Kal-Ke-Kalakar music festival in Mumbai.  In 1988, he was awarded with the title ‘Sangeet Visharad’ by Pracheen Kalakendra, Chandigarh.  In the same year he got ‘Sangeet Kriya Visharad’ title from Sourav Academy Board.  On this occasion, the renowned violinist Pandit V.G. Jog felicitated him.  In 1990, during his tour to U.S.A, the Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts and UMBC felicitated him with the certificate of Achievement.  In that year he got the rare opportunity to be honored with the GOVERNOR’S CITATION from the Honorable Governor of New Jersey – Mr Jim Florio   In 1994, Padma Bhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, one of the music legends of India, proclaimed Anjan as ‘one of the most talented young sitar players of India”. In 2005 he was honored by ‘Swami Haridas Samman’ from Calcutta and in 2007 with Michael Madhusudan Dutt award for his contribution in music. .

Anjan not only enthralls his audience as a potential performer but he is a very good and popular teacher of Indian Music.  He has numerous students in India & abroad.   Recently he executed a very successful training lesson workshop in U.S.A, which was organized by the Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts. Anjan has many cassettes and CDs to his credit. In 2004, Anjan has got the prestigious ‘GOVERNOR’S CITATION’ from the honorable Governor of the State of Maryland after performing his sweet music in presence of the honorable Senator Dr. Paul Sarbanes. Anjan is an arts graduate from the Calcutta University.

Anjan is the co-creator of Sangeetpedia along with Enayet.