A Journey Bigins

Kaushiki Chakrabarty

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Ajoy Chakrabarty
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Samar Saha

About this album

This album is a recording of a concert held at IHC, Delhi in the presence of maestros like Asad Ali Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan, Shiv Kumar Sharma and Vijay Kumar Kichlu. Kaushiki had rendered a khayal in Raga Kedar and dadra in Mishra Khammaj. There these eminent musicians remarked that Kaushiki had amazing talent, promise and scientific training, evolved and perfected by her father and guru Ajoy Chakraborty. She would surely establish herself in the new millennium as one of the finest musicians of India if she pursued riyaz unflinchingly. Music Today brings to you the same unique performance in this recording.

Daughter of stalwart vocalist of Hindustani music Ajoy Chakraborthy, Kaushiki has inherited a treasure of traditional classical music. She is so talented that she is poised to carry forward the priceless tradition of music to the next generation.

She was born in Calcutta in 1980. Since then, she has lived in the Sangeeth Research Academy absorbing the rich musical atmosphere there. She was amazingly able to reproduce musical phrases at the age of two. Being a competent teacher, her mother Chandana Chakraborthy took care of her thalami as the first guru. She started her formal training when she was seven-years-old under the able guidance of Padmabhushan Deshikottom Jnan Prakash Ghosh. At present she is learning music from her father and guru Ajoy Chakraborthy at the Sangeet Research Academy as a scholar.

Kaushiki was the youngest Ganda Bandh disciple of all time great guru Padmabhushan Deshikottam Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Later owing to ill health he asked her to continue her training under the tutelage of her father.

Kaushiki's academic career is also an enviable one with an excellent track record. In 2002 she graduated with 1st class honors in Philosophy from the University of Kolkata.

Kaushiki has performed in most of the major cities of our country and has been widely acclaimed as a budding artiste with tremendous promise. She has also participated in concerts with her father in U.S.A, Canada and many European countries.

She was awarded the Jadu Bhatt Award in 1995 by the Salt lake Association of Calcutta. As a young and promising performer, Kaushiki has earned accolades from almost all the renowned maestros of the country. In October 1996 the legendary vocalist Bhimsen Joshi in an interview to the Telegraph said, "Kaushiki Chakraborty is one of the few classical vocalists who will make a mark in the 21st century, She really has a bright future if she practices hard to realize her great potential".


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