The Raga Fellowship
North York, ON
Arnab Chakrabarty
Ear Training
Music History
Music Theory

Message from Arnab Chakrabarty

Have you ever imagined being able to study an Indian classical instrument without the associated mystique? Well, now you can! I am a musician with over 30 years of experience with my instrument, the sarode, and a global reputation. 

When I teach, I try to think from a student's perspective and turn a roadblock into a fun problem-solving exercise. I put the nuts and bolts of music-namely, technique and the Raga-above any traditional dogma that might impede the rapid acquisition of either.

My teaching method emphasises listening, focus building and exercises aimed at rapid progress. However, I cannot stress enough that the real determinants of success are practice and your enjoyment of the music.

I teach, in addition to the sarode, the sitar, and if you are a musician with intermediate to advanced technique on any instrument and wish to study the performance, theory and history of Indian classical music, please get in touch.

Instruments and Musicianship Available

Instruments taught: sarode and sitar (all levels)

Vocal music for ear training and instrumental precision (basic level)

Indian Music and Rhythm Theory

Concepts and performance of Hindustani music on any melodic instrument for proficient players

Concepts of improvisation from a Raga perspective

*About Arnab Chakrabarty-Sarode Maestro (*

Arnab Chakrabarty*(b.1980) is one of the world's leading players of the sarode today and is principally affiliated with the Shahjahanpur and Lucknow schools of sarode playing. He is also regarded by cognoscenti as one of the finest representatives of instrumental Hindustani music. A public performer since 1996, Arnab has given over 750 solo recitals at prestigious venues in over 30 countries.

Arnab graduated from Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts) in 2002 with degrees in Music and Political Science. Mr Chakrabarty derives his knowledge of sarode music from three authoritative sources, namely Dr Kalyan Mukherjea (1943-2010), Buddhadev Das Gupta (1933-2018) and Irfan Muhammad Khan (b. 1954) and has studied sitar with Vinayak Chittar (b.1970) and vocal music with Pandit Yeshwant Joshi (1927-2012). 

Since 2008, Arnab has taught widely both private and institutional contexts in India, Hungary, the USA and the UK, and currently makes his home in Toronto.

*The Sarod(e)*

The sarode (also spelled sarod) is one of the two principal solo instruments used in the performance of North Indian or Hindustani classical music (the other being the sitar). It is essentially a long lute with a skin soundboard akin to that of a banjo and a fretless, trapezoid fingerboard. The sarode has anywhere between 17 and 25 metal strings, of which four or five are used for the main melody and the rest are supporting drone or sympathetic strings. In a typical playing scenario, the player's right hand plucks the strings with a small, thick plectrum and the fingernails of the left hand stop the strings, giving the arode its charististic ringing tone.

*Hindustani (raga) music*

Hindustani art music (also known as North Indian classical music) is one of the world's great musical art forms. While there are many theoretical treatises on musical practice in India that are over a millennium old, Hindustani music is a relatively recent synthesis of indigenous Indian musical concepts and influences from Persia and Central Asia that have been blended systematically in the royal courts of 18th, 19th and early 20th century India. This music is centred around the concepts of melodic matrices known as ragas, each of which has a defined tonal geometry and a rigorously prescribed melodic grammar (i.e., tonal centre, key phrased and navigational do's and don't's). Artistic excellence in this genre is determined largely by a musician's ability to extract creative avenues of raga exploration whilst maintaining fidelity to the prescribed 'rules'. (In short, this music involves a fair amount of strategy and gaming in addition to being rhythmically advanced and rich in emotive content.)



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