Kaushiki Chakrabarty, a Great New Voice in Indian Classical Music

Kaushiki Chakrabarty

Pure (Sense
World Music
047, 2004)

Kaushiki Chakrabarty’s latest recording in
Pure
, on Sense World Music. The young Indian vocalist is regarded by many as
one of the finest singers in the  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 features  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
a.”

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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