As the winter chill sets in, it is time for the annual musical concert organised by the Jadavpur University Alumni Association, Hyderabad (JUAAH) and this time we are proud to present a musical evening with one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of Hindustani Classical Music – Vidushi Kaushiki Chakraborty at Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium in Hyderabad at 7pm on December 15, 2019. She will be accompanied by Tanmay Deochake (Harmonium), Sandip Ghosh (Tabla) and Meghodeepa Gangopadhyay. We are glad to announce Hotel Mercure Hyderabad KCP as our hospitality partner, 94.3 FM as our radio partner and BookMyShow as our online ticketing partner for this event.
Blessed with a mellifluous voice her singing reminds one of an effervescent mountain spring or a forest nymph swift but sure-footed, flitting away from one rock to another. Belonging to the prestigious Patiala Gharana and a follower of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s Gayaki, Chakraborty's vast repertoire includes Khayal as well as other ‘light classical’ genres like thumri, Dadra, Kajri, Chaiti, Bhajan, etc. Her singing is characterized by a fine balance between virtuosity, intellectual rigor and aesthetic sensibility. Her mature vistaars in Khayal and her emotionally charged improvisations in Thumris enthrall the audience along with her fast taans across three and a half octaves. Despite the fact that many aspects of the Patiala style are tailored for the male voice, Kaushiki has overcome these challenges by blending lilt and force and forging a Gayaki that is so distinctively her own.
The concert is special to us because of another heartwarming reason – it is aimed at raising funds to support various philanthropic activities by Juaah. We focus on extending support to students from economically weaker sections in West Bengal and Telangana. Every year, we also organize a symposium on popular science to encourage scientific temperament among school students.