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.
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!