Kaushiki Chakrabarty

Blessed by prodigious natural talent and a cool temperament, Kaushiki has not been distracted for one moment by all the accolades and acclaim she has justly received at such a young age. Her last Sense World Music recording ‘Pure’ received worldwide recognition beyond the circles of traditional classical music listeners and confirmed a level maturity and depth in her singing which defies her years.

Following on from her success at the BBC World Music Awards in 2005, this unique collection of both studio and live concert recordings demonstrates why Kaushiki has become the great hope for the future of Indian classical vocal music, giving us an invaluable insight into the full range of her musical prowess.

Kaushiki was born in 1980 in Kolkata, the cultural capital of modern day India. Her parents noticed that she could reproduce complex musical and rhythmic phrases at the age of just two years. Being an able teacher her mother Smt. Chandana Chakrabarty took care of her ‘taleem’ (music training) adopting the role as her first Guru. Subsequently, Kaushiki had the fortune to become the youngest Ganda Bandh disciple (or shishya) of the renowned Bengali educator Guru Jnan Prakash Ghosh when she was just ten. Ganda Bandh is a traditional knot tying ceremony which cements the relationship between guru and student. Later on, after intermittent ill-health, Jnan Prakash Ghosh ordered Kaushiki to continue further training under the tutelage of his most successful disciple, her father Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, one of the most creative and influential Indian vocalists of the modern era.

The guru-shishya system of teaching is the most intensive and effective route of musical learning in North Indian Classical music. Based on the oral tradition, it embodies the living and learning relationship between master and pupil, involving the complete emotional, intellectual and spiritual surrender of the ardent shishya (trainee) to the guru (teacher).

Here is a sample of Kaushiki’s prowess in singing :

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7 Comments

  1. Syed Alif Nur Prince said,

    October 11, 2007 at 2:45 am

    Kaushiki Salam. When I was student of MBA (2005- University of Rajshahi) at that time I was a great fan of your father Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty. Now a day I’m a great admirer of u. I think if u give more concern for thumri then u will be legend thumri queen of India. Believe me after Shuva Gurtoo (Rang Sari Gulabi Chunaria) I didn’t listen any one like u. Aaawaj ki pakiji ooo pakar ka rakhna riaaajki jaria. May Allah bless u.
    Syed Alif Nur
    London E12 6BB
    sprincefin@gmail.com
    +447902165115

  2. December 7, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I had a rare occasion of hearing you perform in a
    ‘Gharoa baithak, in Clear Lake, Houston!I was taken by your mature rendering in tarana,your voice and strength since then.I wish to hear you in person in future.Best Wishes to you …..

    Piyali Sen Dasgupta
    Houston

  3. January 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    God bless this golden-voiced lady! She is so deeply immersed in tunefulness and delicate melody of Hindustani music that one can not help being completely mesmerised by her renditions.She inserts her hand into the deapest recesses of her listener’s being and then fondles threre the inner most sensibilities of musical perception!
    I wish her very long life and perfect health. I wish more of her music was available in the music stores of delhi. Where can we get more of her recoredings?

  4. indianraga said,

    January 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    You may visit this site where you can buy Kaushiki’s CDs online :

    http://www.senseworldmusic.com/acatalog/Vocal_music.html

    I have uploaded some of her music on eSnips :

    http://www.esnips.com/web/ragas

  5. March 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    God bless you my sister.What a performance !!.you deserve 5 stars.Your gayaki touch my heart.I’m truly your fathar’s fan.I’m a classical vocalist and i know it is a lifetime achivement.So Keep it up, god is always with you.

  6. Mamata Hebbar said,

    March 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Your singing style is so good that I listen to it daily. I am staying in Indonesia. I would like to learn music from you if you are teaching through internet.

    With regards,
    Your Fan
    Mamata Hebar

  7. February 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

    You should include Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik, one of the living legends of the Agra Gharana.

    Pandit Sudhindra Bhaumik was introduced to the world of Classical Music, while he was still in college, by Pandit Biswanath Sur of Kolkata. Later, Panditji came in contact with Late Pandit Ramarao V. Naik, Late Pandit S.C.R. Bhat, Late Pandit K. G. Ginde, Late Pandit Dinkar Kaikani and honed his skills in the Agra Gharana gayaki for over three decades.

    In addition, he also received personal guidance in Thumri from the renowned Padma Bhushan Late Smt. Shoba Gurtu. A student for life, Panditji continues his study with Pandit Y. M. Mahale, a disciple of Late Pandit S. N. Ratanjankar.

    Panditji has also performed abroad to the utmost joy of aficionado of Hindustani music. All his programs were hugely appreciated.

    One of the living legends of the Agra Gharana, Pandit Bhaumik is one of the torch-bearers of Faiyaz Khani style of music. His signature is in his soulful rendition of Nomtom Alaap, Bolbant and intricate Layakari and Taan. His versatility and skills in performing Dhrupad-dhamar, Khayal, Thumri, Tappa, Hori and Bhajans with ease and delicacy sets him apart from his contemporaries.

    Panditji has an impeccable academic record with degrees in Engineering and Management from IIT and IIM, two of the most prestigious institutions in India.

    Panditji is also a Sangeet Visharad and served as a senior faculty at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mumbai for over a decade.

    Panditji found his calling in music and dedicated his life in its pursuit, learning, teaching and generally propagating the art of Hindustani Music to the world.

    At nearly 66, Panditji leads an austere and saintly life in Mumbai.


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