Artiste of the Month - May 2017
Daughter of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Kaushiki was born and brought up within the Academy. Her mother, Chandana Chakrabarty initiated her into vocal music, but her formal taalim when she became a student of the legendary Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Later, as a scholar of the Academy, between November 1992 and June 2004, she was groomed by her father and guru, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.
Kaushiki’s recitals are marked by maturity far beyond her years, sound musical concepts and remarkable spontaneity. She is gifted with a melodious and flexible voice and has already participated in many major concerts including the Dover Lane Music Conference, the ITC Sangeet Sammelans in India, the Spring Festival of Music(California), Parampara Programme (Los Angeles) and others.
Her outstanding performances have fetched her many awards. The Salt Lake Cultural Association of Calcutta presented her with the “Jadu Bhatta” Award in 1995.Kaushiki received the “Outstanding Young Person” Award from the Rotary Club of Calcutta for 2000 and the BBC Award in 2005. She has also received Sangeet Natak Academy's Ustad Bismillah Khan Puraskar, 2010 for Hindustani Vocal Music, the Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar in 2013 and the Dinanath Mangeshkar award in 2017
amongst other awards and accolades which have been bestowed upon her.