Kaushiki Chakraborty

Kaushiki Chakraborty’s astonishing khayal vocal technique is the result of years of intense training. She spent much of her childhood living at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, one of India’s premiere music institutions, while her father Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty worked there as a khayal scholar.

Staff at the academy are said to recall how she would respond to melodic phrases at six months old, and how she was singing tarana and bhajan before the age of two. In her words, “by the time I was five my singing made sense...Such was my addiction that it was beyond my grandparents to tame and make me sit with books.” Quickly hailed as a prodigy, she entered the concert arena early to great acclaim, performing widely while also earning a Masters in Philosophy from Jadavpur University.

She hails from the Patiala gharana, known for a strong Islamic influence and elaborate melodic ornamentation, and has become one of the first female singers from this tradition to receive international recognition. Today she focuses on Hindustani classical music, but has also sung in films and recorded popular songs. She also leads Sakhi, a diverse group of female musicians and dancers, explaining that the project “is about understanding, from a female perspective, the diverse culture of India through all its traditional musical forms.”

Upcoming Shows


Apr
26
th
The Fitzgerald Theater
Apr
26
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

virtuosos Kaushiki and Ambi

featuring Kaushiki Chakraborty (Hindustani Vocal) • Ambi Subramaniam (Carnatic Violin) • Yashwant Vaishnav (Tabla) • Jyotirmoy Banerjee (Harmonium) • Akshay Ananthapadmanabhan (Mridangam) • Sowmiya Narayanan (Ghatam)

More Shows

May
19
th
Turf Club

Blueprint

with DJ Detox
Sep
26
th
First Avenue

Thievery Corporation

Jul
23
rd
7th St Entry

Newgrounds Death Rugby and Oolong

Jun
9
th
7th St Entry

Afro Rave