Born in 1941, Professor Chakrabarti was educated at Calcutta University where he was awarded Ph.D. in Archaeology in 1973. He held appointments in Calcutta University (1963-77), Delhi University (1977-go) and Visva Bharati (1980-81) before he joined Cambridge University in 1990 and retired from there in 2008. During this period he also held scholarships, fellowships and teaching assignments in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Tehran, New York, Paris, Jahangirnagar in Bangladesh, and Armidale in Australia. He lectured at several Indian universities including Allahabad, Banaras, Delhi, Pondicherry and Visva Bharati. He attended a number of conferences in India, UK, USA, USSR and China. He successfully supervised many graduate students in Delhi and Cambridge.
Professor Chakrabarti's research has been characterised by originality, scholarship and a solid grip of the historical problems involved. Nobody of his generation has been as steadfast in trying to understand the historical and archaeological nuances of the subcontinent as he has been throughout his career. In addition to 200-odd articles and reviews, he has so far published 29 authored books and 12 edited volumes (under single/multiple editorship).
He has received a number of honours: D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) of MJ.P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, Dr. V.S. Wakankar Rashtriya Samman (State honour) of Madhya Pradesh government in Archaeology, S.C. Chakrabarti medal of Asiatic Society, Kolkata, fellowship and Senarath Paranavitana award of the International Association of Asian Heritage, Sri Lanka, and Gurudev Ranade award of the Indian Archaeological Society. In 2019 he was awarded Padma Sri by the President of India.
My present field-studies in Rajasthan were conducted during the period of my association with the Vivekananda International Foundation, Delhi in winter months. I was accompanied by Professor R.N. Singh of Banaras Hindu University on one occasion. In another year, Dr. Vikas Pawar of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, accompanied me to certain sites in Hanumangarh, and most importantly, to Khanak near Tosam.
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