Born and brought up in a musical family Arunava started his training in Tabla at the age of four until he started taking Piano classes from his father from 1996 till 1999.
In 1999 he joined Mr. Samar Dutta for John W Schaum Piano course.
He got trained in Classical Piano by Mrs. Fauzia Marikar for a year.
He studied basic Jazz theory from Mr. Nanda Das. ( 2001-2002 )
The world of Jazz opened up for him when Mr. Andrew Gracias started teaching him Jazz
improvisation techniques in various forms of Jazz. ( 2003-2006 )
He got chance to get Classical and a few Jazz training ( 2007-2008) from, Dr. Mohan David Sundaraj a Music therapist from Berkeley University.
He learnt practical and theory of core Jazz from Mr. Carlton Kitto over five years.
Also he studied Advanced Jazz Theory and Practical by himself.
Shaw Public School, Kolkata. 2009-1010
Started giving Private lessons from 2010.
St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata. 2013-1014
Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Nepal. 2016 September – November
Calcutta School of Music. 2013- current.
The ever-evolving Shonai enjoys his musical life as a performer, educator, composer and arranger. Born in a musicians’ family in Kolkata Shonai had got introduced to various genre of music in his childhood time. He started his training with learning Tabla and then moved to Piano in 1996. He has done Grade 6 in Classical Music in Piano from Associated Board of Royal School of Music and Grade 8 in Jazz Piano from London College of Music. Shonai studied Jazz till the advanced level my himself with the help of a few world class Jazz musicians. In his 20 years of performance life he has worked in every possible situations from solo to duet and from bands like trio, quartet and Quintet to Big Bands. Shonai being predominantly a contemporary and jazz Pianist has worked with Jazz stalwarts like Mr.Carlton Kitto, Mr.Andrew Gracias, Mr.Lewis Hilt, Mr.Marcus Dengate, Mr. Clive Huse to name a few.
His performance life started with joining All India Radio as a junior artist in 1997. Where later he became a graded artist and has been continuing recording his solo piano recitals. In 2005 he joined Oberoi Grand Hotel as a solo Pianist. His performance career continued as solo, duets and with bands in many prestigious venues like The Oberoi Grand, The Park, ITC Sonar, The Park Plaza etc. in Kolkata. He has also played extensively throughout India in festivals like GIANTS OF JAZZ ( Delhi, Gurgaon ), JAZZMATAZZ ( Mumbai , Pune), JAZZMANDU ( Nepal ), Jam Steady BIG SUNDAY ( Kolkata ), Darjeeling Carnival and venues like Opus ( Bangalore ), The Humming Tree ( Bangalore ), Blue Frog, The Piano Man ( Delhi ), Trident ( Rajasthan ), NCPA Tata Theatre ( Mumbai ), Anti Social ( Mumbai ). Apart from these he has also played in severalplaces in Northeast India and beyond, like Manipur, Assam, Shillong, Taj Tashi ( Bhutan ) and Dhaka Club ( Bangladesh ), which helped him to hone his skills and experiences.
Being a versatile musician Shonai had been a part of several bands with different genre of music like Blue Mist ( pop ), Orient Express ( Latin ), Carlton Kitto Jazz Ensemble ( Jazz ), Fast Forward ( Funk-Jazz ), Big Family ( Blues ), Bramhakhyapa ( Bawl Jazz fusion ) etc. Apart from these bands he used to work with many other bands and artists as a session musician.
As an educator he has worked in several academic and music schools in Kolkata and in prestigious Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory.
Currently Shonai is a part of two trios, ABHIND ( Abstract Jazz ) and Bodhisatya Trio ( Avantgarde rock fusion ) and also is working on his own trio called The Shonai Collective. Where he is collaborating with various artists and touring the country.
With this Collective he mostly does his own compositions and apart from the originals he covers a few popular tunes rearranged in his unique way. Beside travelling and performing he also is a Piano faculty of one of the best music schools of the town Calcutta School of Music.