Subject: Kaushiki and Partha in concert
Dated: Jun 23, 2007
Dear Member,

The following email may be of interest to you as it involves Bengali
speaking artists. It is about a cultural performance in the Bay Area
on Sunday, June 24 at Cal State Hayward.

Harmoni Ventures Presents
Kaushiki Chakraborty Desikan with Parthasarathi Desikan

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2007
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Cal State Hayward
       25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542
Tickets: General $25.00,  Members/Seniors/Students: $20.00
Call 415-454-6264 or visit

Artist Files :: Kaushiki Chakrabarty - Classical Hindustani Vocalist
(Kolkata, India) Born in 1980 in the campus of Sangeet Research
Academy, Kolkata, Kaushiki Chakrabarty is now a scholar of the
academy. The gurus of the Academy and the members of its Expert
Committe repose a great hope in Kaushiki and have blessed her for a
glorious musical future.

By the grace of God, she could reproduce any musical and rhythmic
phrase when she was only two years old. Kaushiki's mother, Chandna
Chakrabarty was her first guru and very soon, Kaushiki became a
"ganda-bandh" sagird (disciple) of her father's guru, Jnan Prakash
Ghosh according to India's ancient system of guru-shishya parampara .
On account of the old age of her guru and with his consent, she
resumed her training under her father, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. She
performed and was very well appreciated when she visited a number of
places abroad in USA, Canada and Europe along with her father from
1987. In an interview with 'The Telegraph' in October 1996, Pandit
Bhimsen Joshi, the senior and legendary classical vocalist of India
maintained, "Kaushiki Chakrabarty is one of the very few classical
vocalists who will make a mark in the 21st century; she has really a
very bright future if she practices hard to realize her great
potentiality." As a debutante, Kaushiki has earned unqualified eclaim
from maestros like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Ustad
Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit
Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pandit Vijay Kumar Kichlu. These musical
luminaries sincerely believe that Kaushiki with her promise and zeal
will in the new millenium establish herself as one of the finest
musicians if she persists in her unflinching riaz . Press comments on
Kaushiki Chakrabarty:
*  "Teenage prodigy's dazzling recital --
Kaushiki Chakrabarty provided the curtain raiser to the three day 27th
annual ITC Sangeet Sammelan at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Her honeyed voice maintains a broad open 'aakar' giving no quarter to
any kind of curb or repression without ever lessening its euphony or
appeal." -- The Hindu (March 20, 1998)
*  "A voice is born -- like
father like daughter Kaushiki Chakrabarty: Kaushiki's performance,
however, put all the raised eyebrows back in their place. That she has
been groomed rather well by her father, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and
Sangeet Research Academy was beyond doubt what was also apparent was
her undeniable talent. That with the choice of songs helped clinch the
evening for her. Along with the rest of the audience, the 80-year old
maestro Ustad Allah Rakha Khan spontaneously stood up to applaud her
performance. What more can a 16-year old ask for?" -- Intian Express
(March 5, 1998)
*  "Kaushiki Chakrabarty's depiction of raga Malkaus
was the most enjoyable part of the night-long session...the young
singer exce;s in style and form" -- The Telegraph (August 28, 1998)

Awards and honors:
*  1999: Memento from the Governor of West Bengal
after her concert at the Governor House (Raj Bhavan) Kolkata on
September 11, 1999.
*  2000: Outstanding performer award for the Dover
Lane 'Nabin Pratibha' (New Talent) series.
*  2000: Outstanding Young
Person Award for the year 2000 for her success in the field of music
from Calcutta Rotary Club.
*  2002: Priviledge and honor of performing
in the Golden Jubilee of Dover Lane Music Conference.
*  2002: Akash
Barsho Samman from Akash Bangla (Sky-B) -- a TV media of the
Government of West Bengal. 

- Anupam Bagchi
Webmaster, Bay Area Prabasi
                                              Dated: 06/22/2007
                      BAY AREA PRABASI INC.