Kaushiki Chakrabarty, a Great New Voice in Indian Classical Music

Kaushiki Chakrabarty

Pure (Sense
World Music
047, 2004)

Kaushiki Chakrabarty’s latest recording in
, on Sense World Music. The young Indian vocalist is regarded by many as
one of the finest singers in theĀ  Indian Classical music scene. Kaushiki
Chakrabarty’s performance was recorded live at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch,
London on the 30th of August 2003.

The performance featuresĀ  Kaushiki Chakrabarty on vocals, Yogesh Samsi
on tabla, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and Sri Chiranjib Chakrabarty on harmonium,
and Ranjana Ghatak on tanpura. The piece selected is Raga Madhuvanti, divided into 4 sections: 1.Alap; 2.Khayal
‘Shyam bhaee, Ghanashyam nahi aye more dware’ in Ektaal (12 beats); 3.Khayal ”Kahe
maan karo sakhiri ab’ in Teental (16 beats); and 4.Thumri in Raga Misra Mand
‘Morey Saiyan Bedardi’ in Keherva (8 beats).

On the liner notes, John Ball and Ranjana Ghatak mention: “Kaushiki has
already proved herself as a versatile artist. One of the central tenets of
Kaushiki’s music is voice culture. She doesn’t like to be typecast into groves
like classical or light musician, her flexible voice means that she is capable
of adapting to any style. Kaushiki recently performed at Pandit Jasraj’s
celebration of his distinguished musical career in Kolkata. Jasrajji was so
moved by her performance that he was prompted to make an announcement on stage
that he found in Kaushiki the one who will keep the lamp burning as the
worthiest successor of the classical vocal music tradition of Indi