Vocal Concert by Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Artists:Vocal: Smt Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Tabla: Shabaz Khan
Harmonium: Projesh Mukherjee
Kaushiki Chakrabarty was born in Kolkata, India. She is the daughter of the renowned Indian musician Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Kaushiki was seen to reproduce any musical and rhythmic phrase even at her very tender age of two. Being an able teacher, her mother Smt. Chandana Chakrabarty took care of her "taalim" in vocal music as the first guru (mentor). Subsequently Kaushiki had the rare fortune of being the youngest "ganda-bandh" disciple (as per Gurukul norm) of all time great Guru Padmabhusan-Deshikottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh when she was ten. Later on, the Great Guru fell ill and he asked Kaushiki to continue further training under the tutelage of his "most successful" (in his words) disciple who is none other than her father Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, the world-class celebrity artist of Indian Classical vocal music. At present she is the only "A-Top" grade scholar of the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.
Kaushiki has performed in most major cities of India. She has also participated Solo Concerts in the USA, Canada and many countries in Europe on several occasions during the tours with her father.
As a young effective performer Kaushiki has earned accolades from almost all renowned maestros of India. She was blessed with a standing ovation at the end of her performance at the Habitat Centre Auditorium in Delhi, India by Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pandit Vijay Kumar Kichlu, the then Executive Director of Sangeet Research Academy of Kolkata, for her live performance of Raga Kedar and Dadra in Mishra Khamaj.
Of late, Kaushiki had the occasion to give a concert at the programme in celebration of 50 years musical life of Pandit Jasraj in Kolkata. Jasrajji was so moved that he prompted an announcement on the stage that he finds in Kaushiki the one who will keep the lamp burning as being the worthiest successor of the classical vocal music tradition of India after the veterans like him.
The producer of her live album for Sense World Music, Derek Roberts, said: "When I spoke to Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty earlier in the year at the lead up to this concert, he told me that he thought his daughter Kaushiki was ready to enter onto the world stage. Ajoy is a musician of great integrity and so I took him at his word and recorded a concert with them both on the bill.
In 2005 Kaushiki won the BBC World Music Award for Asia/Pacific 2005.