Ayan Sengupta has been studying sitar since he was six years old. His style expertly blends the vocalistic turns of his gurus, who include singers such as Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty as well as esteemed sitarists Pandit Manilal Nag, Pandit Partha Chatterjee, and Pandit Kushal Das. Ayan also learned from his grandfather, another vocalist.
When he was young, Ayan found success in local competitions, and in 2007 he won the All India Radio youth sitar competition. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Ravi Koppikar Memorial Award from ITC SRA in Mumbai. In 2010, he received the National Scholarship (Senior) from Govt. of India, which was held in Bhopal. In 2011, at the age of 21, AIR awarded him an “A” grade rating, making him one of the first sitarists born in the 1990s to achieve this accolade.
Ayan has received acclaim for his growing international touring schedule, debuting in London in early 2019. He is currently a scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, and has received a Masters in Instrumental Music from Rabindra Bharati University.