When I asked sitar scion Anoushka Shankar some months ago who I should be listening to, the first name out of her mouth was Kaushiki Chakrabarty. At 34, Chakrabarty is the preeminent Indian classical vocalist of her generation. Whether singing heavy ragas or lighter devotional thumris, she’s lyrical yet authoritative, a stunning improviser with amazing breath control. Unlike most of her peers, including Shankar, Chakrabarty sang only classical music until a few years ago, when she began appearing on Bollywood soundtracks and the country’s fascinating classical-pop crossover show, Coke Studio @ MTV. She also hosts her own weekly talk show. Shri Subhajyoti Guha (tabla) and Shri Kedar Naphade (harmonium) accompany her tonight, as she sings the rejoicing and romantic raga Bihag.
Fri., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., 2014