The mellifluous voice of Kaushiki Chakrabarty in an ‘old clip’


A beautiful example on YouTube of the mellifluous voice of Kaushiki (Desikan-)Chakrabarty, she must be very young here. Ajoy Chakrabarty – her father and also her guru – explains and plays harmonium. Yogesh Samsi is playing tabla.

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Kaushiki sings in Brussels, June 24th 2011

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Kaushiki / Photo by Daniel Zafir (click on photo to enlarge)

Best news I’ve heard this week: Kaushiki Chakrabarty will sing on June 24th in Brussels :)) in the Palais des Beaux-Arts/Paleis voor de Schone Kunsten. Ahum… anyone in Holland picking this up?

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German radio WDR3 portrays phenomenal ragasinger Kaushiki Desikan Chakrabarty

On tuesday 23 November 2010 at 23.05 PM German public radiostation WDR3 portrays phenomenal 30-year old (and my favourite) ragasinger Kaushiki Desikan Chakrabarty from Calcutta.


Kaushiki in 2010

Earlier, on 10 November 2010 WDR3 devoted a radio evening on Kaushiki, with a live broadcast of her concert in Bielefeld, a very beautiful performance that was described by renowned ragaspecialist Jan Reichow as “Das außergewöhnlichste, ergreifendste, intelligenteste, fröhlichste, innovativste Konzert Europas”. He’s not exaggerating. Kaushiki has it all and when you hear her live on stage her voice is able to touch your heart and soul deeper than you ever could have imagined… I’m saying this with great conviction as I’m speaking from my own wonderful experiences with hearing Kaushiki live in concert (at the Darbar Festival in 2008 in Leicester, and in 2007 in the Tropentheater in Amsterdam).

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Kaushik performing in London in 2005, after she received the BBC3 World Music Award

WDR3 radio provides the following information for the radiobroadcast on 23 November 2010: Kaushiki Desikan Chakraborty gehört zu den großen Talenten der jungen Generation. Im Gegensatz zu früher dürfen Nachwuchskünstler heute schon viel früher ihr Können öffentlich zeigen. Kaushiki ist erst 30 Jahre alt und schon eine anerkannte Sängerin auf den großen Bühnen Indiens. Sie hat eine betörende Stimme und ein für ihr Alter ungewöhnliches technisches Vermögen. Die Pflege der alten Tradition ist ihr erklärtes Ziel. In diesem Sinne ist sie, obwohl jung, eine wertkonservative Künstlerin – mehr noch: sie trägt mit ihrer Haltung zum Überleben des klassischen indischen Geangs bei. Anlässlich ihres Bielefelder WDR-3-Konzerts vor knapp zwei Wochen erzählte Kaushiki unserer Autorin Clair Lüdenbach von ihrer Kunst und aus ihrem Leben.

If you like ragamusic you really should listen on tuesday 23 November at 23.05 PM to this WDR3-radio broadcast devoted to Kaushiki.

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WDR3 live-radiobroadcast ragaconcert Kaushiki 10 November 2010 in Bielefeld

Her voice and music are breathtaking and soultouching and of a heartbreaking beauty, to put it mildly.


Kaushiki sings raag Multani in Amsterdam, 2007

In the past couple of years I’ve tried to tell about Kaushiki’s extraordinary musical powers in some of my writings on the web etc , in my programme Gharana and in this radioprogramme. Phenomenal Patiala ragasinger Kaushiki Chakrabarty from Calcutta performs in Bielefeld (Germany) on Wednesday 10 November and this concert will be broadcasted live on WDR3 Radio, starting at 8.05 PM.


Kaushiki sings ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aaye’ in Amsterdam, 2007

I like the way WDR Radio has tried to put in words the qualities of Kaushiki: “Die Sängerin Kaushiki aus Kolkata hat eine phänomenale Stimme und die stupende Fähigkeit, jede Nuance der großen traditionellen Form- und Melodiemodelle perfekt umzusetzen, von expressiven Wendungen, die ins herz treffen, bis zu Läufen und Koloraturen, die mit atemberaubender Geschwindigkeit ablaufen.” A very true, good description.

If you happen to like ragamusic the WDR-radiotransmission is not-to-be-missed!


Kaushiki performs a bhajan in bhairavi, concert in Amsterdam, 2007

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Indiase muziek: recensies van Pieter de Rooij uit 2008

Mijn recensies uit 2008 in het blad Mixed met betrekking tot Indiase muziek. Besproken worden:
* Kaushiki Chakrabarty-Live at Saptak Festival
* Keyvan Chemirani&Anindo Chatterjee-Battements au coeur de l’Orient
* Shastriya Syndicate-Syndicated
* Kala Ramnath-Twilight Strings
* Kadri Kopalnath&Ronu Majumdar-Evolution
* Sasha-Tappa Journey
* Purbayan Chatterjee&Jayanthi Kumaresh-Mandala
Klik op de foto -en daarna nog enkele keren om de foto verder te vergroten- om de recensies te lezen.

NB: het album van Kaushiki Chakrabarty -Live at Saptak Festival- heeft geen sterwaardering omdat de redactie van Mixed besloot hier vanaf nummer 7 mee te stoppen. Het album Live at Saptak Festival van Kaushiki Chakrabarty was overigens mijn nummer-1 favoriet album van het jaar, dus het is -voorzover dat uit mijn bespreking nog niet duidelijk mocht zijn- absoluut een 5-sterrenalbum!

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Recensies : Kumar Bose / Swapan Chaudhuri / Anindo Chatterjee / Ulhas Kashalkar / Kaushiki Chakrabarty

Hier zijn drie van mijn cd-reviews voor Mixed No.1, verschenen in de zomer van 2007. Van het label Sense World Music bespreek ik albums van Kumar Bose (tabla), Swapan Chaudhuri (tabla), Anindo Chatterjee (tabla), Ulhas Kashalkar (zang) en Kaushiki Chakrabarty (zang). Klik op de foto (en daarna nog een keer om verder te vergroten) om de reviews te lezen.

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Kaushiki Chakrabarty – Een vocaal wonder uit India (artikel uit 2007)

In april 2007 gaf de jonge Indiase zangeres Kaushiki Chakrabarty in Nederland en België een serie concerten. Vlak voor de start van deze tournee sprak ik in Amsterdam met deze winnares van de BBC World Music Award 2005 (voor haar album ‘Pure’) en enkele dagen later bezocht ik haar concert in het Amsterdamse Tropeninstituut.
In het wereldmuziekmagazine Mixed (no.1, zomer 2007) gaf ik in een artikel, Kaushiki Chakrabarty-Een vocaal wonder uit India, mijn indrukken van dit concert, aangevuld met achtergrondinformatie over haar muziek. Klik op de foto hieronder (en daarna nog een keer om verder te vergroten) om het artikel te lezen.

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Kaushiki Chakrabarty radio-special, 25 July 2009, with me as studio guest

Hey, that picture… looks like… is it…?… YES! …it’s Kaushiki-ji !!

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On Saturday 25 July 2009, dutch national channel Radio 6 featured a special on Kaushiki Chakrabarty in VPRO’s world music programme De Wandelende Tak. The programme’s host Walter Slosse interviewed me on Kaushiki’s career and music.
I also selected the music that was played in the programme, great music of course! The programme is still available for listening on demand.

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The programme was highligted as ‘radio programme of the day’ – with a photo (see above) of Kaushiki added and with additional info elsewhere on the same page (see below) – in the VPRO-guide (no.30, 25-31 July 2009), Holland’s best TV&Radio Guide.

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The picture shown in the VPRO guide is a cutout from this picture, showing me and Kaushiki in Leicester, during the Darbar Festival 2008.

Two years ago I portrayed Kaushiki in my radioprogramme Gharana and this episode is still ‘on demand’ available on the Concertzender website and I’ve also published a Youtube-portrayal of Kaushiki and some clips of her great Amsterdam concert in April 2007. Check it out, it’s great to hear and see her in performance!

You can still listen online to the special on Kaushiki. Don’t miss Kaushiki at her best in this radio-special!

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World Music favourites 2008 in Wereldmineralen, Sat. 27 December

 Kaushiki top 2008Sasha top 2008Keyvan top 2008Mariza top 2008Seun top 2008
Randal top 2008Rima top 2008Toumani top 2008Hector top 2008Purbayan top 2008

Here’s my top 10 of favourite world music albums of 2008. My top favourite of the year is Continue reading

PRE-LAUNCH new album Kaushiki Chakrabarty in Wereldmineralen Sat. 8 November 2008

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On Saturday 8 november 2008 my monthly edition of Radio 6-saturday morning programme Wereldmineralen features a WORLD PREMIERE broadcast of Kaushiki Chakrabarty‘s new album Live at Saptak Festival. The Sense World Music label recorded her concert at the prestigious Continue reading