I move from the legends of Indian classical music to one of the most powerful vocalists of the new generation of India today – Kaushiki [Chakrabarty] Desikan, the daughter of Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty.
Kaushiki has made her music her own. Armed with a rigourous taalim and immense talent, she has carved her own niche and style, creating her own identity as a musician. She sings effortlessly, which only adds beauty to her music. In this video, she has rendered a song that was made iconic by Shreemati Shobha Gurtu. She has re-interpreted the bandish, given some beautiful taans and sung it in her own style, which in itself is praise worthy considering how closely it is associated with Shobha Gurtu.
She is a vocalist that I would recommend everyone hear live when the opportunity presents itself.
Pandit Divyang Vakil
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