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EVENT Kaushiki Chakrabarty considers her Chennai concert special. Savitha gautam

Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Kaushiki Chakrabarty

“Iam looking forward to this concert,” says Kaushiki Chakrabarty. The concert in question to be held tomorrow (December 8) will see Kaushiki share the stage with her father and guru, Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty as part of the ‘Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant 2012-13: From Here to Eternity!’ travelling music festival.

“I do not get the chance to perform with Baba very often. That’s why this event in Chennai is special,” says the NextGen Hindustani vocalist during a telephonic conversation.

Kaushiki, who has trained under Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, besides her parents Chandana and Pt. Ajoy, is also well-versed in Carnatic music. “Yes, I have learnt Carnatic from M. Balamuralikrishna. In fact, I am planning to collaborate with him for an album and some concerts.” Her stint at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy and a degree in philosophy have helped her expand her musical horizons.

For the Chennai show, Kaushiki and her father will go the regular Hindustani way with some bandishes. “But to give it local flavour, I am going to sing a thillana or a varnam,” she says.

Kaushiki has travelled widely and in the process, imbibed various cultures and musical styles. “This experience has helped me understand our music better. I remember I met a musician in Japan who imparted some valuable advice. He said, ‘When a musician performs, it is his most honest expression. So you cannot judge him or her.’ That’s an important lesson which I try to follow even today.”

Happy with the trend where more and more youngsters are exploring career possibilities in the classical realm, Kaushiki believes that there is a great wealth of talent waiting to be discovered. “The soundscape that’s emerging today may be contemporary but the roots are classical. And that’s what makes it significant. Truly classical music is touching hearts once again, and I am thrilled about that.”

Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty and Kaushiki Chakrabarty will perform with Pt. Ajay Joglekar (harmonium) and Yogesh Samsi (tabla) tomorrow, 7 p.m. at the Music Academy.


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