Sunday, December 9, 2012

December Concert In Chennai - Pt.Ajoy Chakraborthy And Kaushiki Chakraborthy!

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The month of December is 'Music season' in Chennai! Music lovers...classical music lovers from all over India and abroad come here to enjoy music.  It was just Carnatic music season until a few years back.  Now, we seem to have Hindustani classical singers also singing in our numerous sabhas.  Mostly Hindustani concerts start from November itself.  We attended Pt.Jasraj's concert, a couple of weeks back.  The sabha was full! Yesterday we attended Pt.Ajoy Chakraborthy and his daughter, Kaushiki Chakraborthy's concert at Music Academy.  We had attended Ajoy Chakraborthy's concert last year too.  It was a full fledged concert by him, then.  

This time, Kaushiki was the star attraction.  Her voice is from out of this world.  It is crystal clear with lots of beautiful gamakas.  I thought I was hearing young Parween Sulatana...this girl's voice reaches the highest octaves like Parween's without any stress! The first song was in raag Hansadhwani.  Though I have heard Kaushiki's voice in You tube, her voice hit me when she started to sing yesterday! Again I have to say that it is crystal clear! Both father and daughter are desciples of Dr.Balamurali Krishna, the legendary Carnatic singer.  So, the father wanted his daughter to sing one Varnam in Carnatic raaga 'Sourashtra'.  Kaushiki's singing is good but her accent was not suited for Carnatic music. So it didn't make much impact.  Then it was 'Pahadi' which is a beautiful raag.  The 'thillaana' (Dr.Balamurali's kriti) was good.

We came out of the sabha discussing about Kaushiki's voice and her beautiful rendering.  Ajoy Chakraborty impressed us last year!

Now, enjoy Kaushiki's songs from You tube.  You will know why we praise her so much! I love this raag 'maund'.  I recognise this raag because of the famous song, 'Kesariya...baalamu', which is my favourite!


Kaushiki is singing Dr. Balamurali Krishna's  'Thillana' in raag 'Yaman', I think. 


A very young Kaushiki is singing a Thumri here:



Pt.Ajoy Chakraborthy appreciated the way the concerts are conducted here in Chennai esp. by newspapers like The Hindu and Indian Express.  Thanks to them, we are enjoying good music every year!


P.S.: Begum Parween Sultana's Bhajan is HERE. Kaushiki in the now famous Coke Studio is HERE.  This is not a classical song, light song.  Everybody will enjoy it! Classical training makes people to sing any type of song.

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16 comments :

SG said...

Thanks for the nice view and sharing the video clips.

Destination Infinity said...

I am not able to see the youtube video now due to slow connection, but will be back to listen to one of them. I don't know why, but between Carnatic and Hindusthani, I like Carnatic more...

Destination Infinity

Sandhya said...

SG: Thank you, SG!


DESTINATION INFINITY: I never used to like Hindustani music earlier! It was my father's favourite music. We used to tease him when he was hearing this music in the radio channel at night. Now, I started liking it after I started liking Ghazals first, I think. I have done some more posts on Hindustani artists. The Hindustani music training makes the artists' voice very melodious, controlled. My favourite Bombay Jayashree had Hindustani music training so, her carnatic music rendering also is very different and melodious. I have got many CDs of hers. I like MS and MLV also.

Here the videos, you will like them, D.I.

Kavita Saharia said...

I envy you Sandhya. Before I got married I used to spend my weekends at Delhi watching theatres, dramas and musical concerts. Now I get lots of invites, passes but got no free time to go. Thanks for sharing these clips, am at work, will check later in evening. Nice day.

Renu said...

know nothing about it:(

KParthasarathi said...

Listened to the first song and I hasten to thank you for sharing this .Never knew you were an ardent rasikai of classical Hinduthani

Rahul Bhatia said...

Nice post on the recitals and concert, Sandhya:

Sandhya said...

KAVITA SAHARIA: My niece, Ashwini is already trained in Carnatic music. She used to sing well. Later on she joined Hindustani classes. Now, her voice has changed completely and the clarity is marvelous...the voice training in Hindustani teaching made it very powerful. I became Hidustani admirer more after that!

We are lucky to live in Chennai to hear good quality music, Kavita!

Play music at home all the time...any sort of music and the children will get familiar with them. Music makes people happy, even film music with good melody! I love film music, a lot, you know about it!


RENU: You are missing something, Renu!


K.PARTHASARATHY: I love Carnatic music also but very few singers sing softly with expression, Partha Sir...I like Bombay Jayashree, Priya sisters, etc.

Her thillaana also is good. Shall I recommend more songs of hers?!

sharu said...

hi, mami, good post and thanks for sharing those videos. I liked the Thumri a lot. The concert was too good. kaushiki's voice is very nice. Somehow I didn't like her varnam and also the thillana. I have heard the thillana of Dr. balamuralikrshna which is damn nice. but her other songs were superb and I liked the way father appreciates, adores and admires the daughter's music. she should be lucky to have a father like him..

ashok said...

interesting...

Krishna said...

thanks for this info...

Bikramjit said...

I bet you had a good evening then


Bikram's

Sandhya said...

SHARU: He is lucky to have a daughter like her too! She has grasped whatever he taught her and more!

As Ajoy Chakraborthy said they can try their carnatic music with Chennai audiences only, not in other places! Well, we enjoyed their singing, that is important!


ASHOK: Thank you, Ashok!


KRISHNA: Thank you, Krishna!


BIKRAM: Yes, we had, Bikram!


sm said...

beautiful song

Destination Infinity said...

I heard half of the song embedded in between. Quite nice! Perhaps I should listen to more Hindustani music. I guess my exposure to this sort of music is less.

Destination Infinity

Sandhya said...

SM: Yes, SM!


DESTINATION INFINITY: Once you start listening to it, you will never stop! But select the singers!

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