Classical and traditional Indian music

Saturday 28 April 2018,
Room 33
Tickets £12
Members/Concessions £8

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The festival is organised by the British Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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A concert of classical Indian music presented by Kaushiki Charkraborty, critically acclaimed as the best Hindustani vocalist of her generation.

The programme evokes the spiritual dimension of the objects on display in the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia.

Critically acclaimed as the best Hindustani vocalist of her generation, Kaushiki Chakraborty studied at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) from age 12, and made her solo debut at 16 with a concert in Delhi. She has performed in many prestigious venues across India, Europe and the USA, including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Theatre de la Ville and Cite de la Music in Paris, and Dresden Museum in Germany. Studying under her mother Chandana Chakraborty, Guru Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, her father Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, and Padmavibhushan Pandit Balmurali Krishna, she has equal command over the various vocal forms that fall under the umbrella of Hindustani music. She has collaborated with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar and has lent her voice to a number of film soundtracks in Bengali, Hindi and Tamil. She has recorded many albums and won many awards, including the Jadubhatta Award, Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Purashkar (SangeetNatak Academy Award by the Government of India) in 2012, the BBC award for outstanding achievement for the album Pure, the GIMA award and Mirchi Music Award for the album Yatra 2, Aditya Birla Kala Kiran Award in 2013, Bobby Sethi Music Award in 2015, and Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award in 2017. In 2015, she formed the first ever all-women Indian classical music ensemble SAKHI, which includes Indian vocal, instrumental, percussion and Kathak dance.

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