Sandip Chakravarty was born in London, a disciple of Pandit Govind Chatterjee Farukhabad Gharana. Starting at the age of 5, Sandip was fascinated by a Tabla (Asian drums) performance by Ustaad Zakhir Hussain. He was intrigued by the performance and decided that was it, THAT’s what he wanted to play! Sandip’s father Late Nihar Ranjan Chakravarty (Bangladesh) who was a government employee in the UK, managed to find a used pair of Tablas.
Sandip was ecstatic and thought it was the best Christmas gift he had ever received. He couldn’t get enough of the tablas, from morning till night wasn’t sufficient enough! Although he didn’t know any syllables, he used to hit the tablas and make some kind of noise. This led on to Sandip’s mother, Late Gouri Chakravarty feeling that he had a good sense of rhythm.
She decided to take Sandip to Calcutta (a city well known for Indian classical music) in order for Sandip to specialise in Indian music. His sister Nandita accompanied him and their mother also, to gain some classical vocal training. So, at the tender age of seven, Sandip began his journey into “ Classical “music. He successfully completed theory and practical exams on tablas. Nothing too fancy for the first or second year, but it gradually became tough!
At the age of 14 Sandip had to come back to London as his father fell seriously ill. Sandip completed his GCSEs in Rokeby school, Stratford, however, whilst preparing to start college, he experienced the tragedy of his father's demise. Despite this, Sandip still completed his diploma in Computer Science and went on to university.
At the age of 16 Sandip made his major public debut appearing at the Royal Albert Hall, London. He was representing Newham Borough the Asian section. Since then he never looked back. Sandip was getting well known in the Bangladeshi community from where he started his music career. He started touring UK, Europe and the United States.
His performance made a powerful impression wherever he played. Sandip has had a enormous amount of support from many UK artists to whom he will be forever indebted to.His accompaniment experience includes major artists from India and Bangladesh to name a few amongst them: Vocalists Anup Jalota, Saikot Mitra, Fareeda parvin, Manohar Udhas and Nirmal Udhas, ( Bollywood Blockbuster movie Dil Se), Sitarist Subroto Roy Chowdhury, Santoor Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Ustaad Fida Hussain. He also performed for BBC4 at the Breckon Jazz Festival.
Sandip has worked with Legendary Bollywood music director Bappi Lahiri. He has performed numerous concerts and recordings with Bappi Lahiri. Sandip is involved with one of the UK’s prestigious Jazz band John Mayers Indo Jazz Fusions. He has tirelessly toured with them in various live concerts.
In 2003, Sandip was invited by Sir Paul McCartney and Heather McCartney, his wife, for a private performance at their residence. Over the years Sandip has cultivated an unprecedented reputation as a musician who can easily move between traditional and popular music styles from all cultures.
Sandip say’s… I’d just like to play with some good musicians, have a great time doing it, and potentially be able to make a nice living doing something I love and enjoy doing.