Alokananda Chakladar was born in Kolkata on 25th March 1951. Her father, Himangshu Chakladar, was in the West Bengal Govt. administration and her mother, Devi Chakladar, was an eminent singer and teacher of Rabindra Sangeet, though she refused being a professional singer. Alokananda was the younger of the two children, preceded by her elder brother Abhijit.
Her education begun in St. John Diocesan Girls’ School, until and later transferred to Modern High School. She did not quite appreciate the strict regime of school life, as a youngster. In school she was fond of sports and extra-curricular activities.
Inheriting Music from her mother, the childhood and growing-up years were always in a musical environment. While her mother was a teacher at the Dakshini school of music, she introduced Alokananda to Rabindra Sangeet at the early age of seven.