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New Gen and Next Gen Indian Classical (Hindustani/Carnatic) Artists

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SachinChavan

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Are you a lover of Indian classical music, whether from the North or the South, bred listening to the stalwarts whose prime was between 70 and 00 and who established Indian classical into the international force that it is? While there can be no satiation to be reached listening to these maestros of yesteryears, do you find yourself on the lookout for newer artists - either the new gen between say ages 40-60 who are earning a name and following for themselves or the next gen below 40 with some serious talent who can blossom into full-blown artistry 10-15 years from now?

Let this be the thread where we share with fellow FM’s such talent that we have come across and liked. Write a bit about them - like their sub-genre, gharana, gurus, and especially what you like about their music. This will only help us broaden our listening while doing our small bit in promoting talent.
 

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Jayateerth Mevundi

Let me start with whom I consider one of the most promising Hindustani vocalists of the next- gen: Jayateerth Mevundi (age 48) who comes from the Hubli-Dharwad region of Karnataka which has given us past greats like Bhimsen Joshi, Mallikarjun Mansoor etc. No wonder Mevundi belongs to the Kirana gharana and sings in a style close to Bhimsen Joshi’s (who was his guru’s guru). He is considered by many as the torch bearer of this gharana.

Jayateerth is known for his Khyal singing as much as for classical bhajans - just like Bhimsen was. I find his voice sweet and singing rich with emotions and a certain ‘thehrav’. I only wish he soon evolvea his own distinctive style different from Joshi’s.

His website: https://web.archive.org/web/20110202215001/http://jayateerthmevundi.com/profile.html
YouTube page:
Sample albums:
 

Bhaskar Jyoti Talapatra

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Congratulations on your usual nice write up that always unfurls new avenues for me. However, I consider Koushiki Chakraborty to be a promising vocalist from Bengal. She is the daughter of the respected vocalist Sri Ajoy Chakraborty and she belongs to the Patiala gharana. At a very tender age she has won fame and she also had ventured to form a woman's group called Sakhi. Her nice voice, training under the mentorship of her father and also SangeetResearch Academy make her one of the promising khayal singers. Personally I like her songs very much. Perhaps in future she will be as famous as Hirabai Borodeker, my all time favorite female classical voice.
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Hi
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Congratulations on your usual nice write up that always unfurls new avenues for me. However, I consider Koushiki Chakraborty to be a promising vocalist from Bengal. She is the daughter of the respected vocalist Sri Ajoy Chakraborty and she belongs to the Patiala gharana. At a very tender age she has won fame and she also had ventured to form a woman's group called Sakhi. Her nice voice, training under the mentorship of her father and also SangeetResearch Academy make her one of the promising khayal singers. Personally I like her songs very much. Perhaps in future she will be as famous as Hirabai Borodeker, my all time favorite female classical voice.
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Bhaskar, thanks for sharing information on Kaushiki. She is definitely one of the most promising young classical vocalists today. I also see a good improvement in her singing in the few years she has been performing which shows she is a good learner and has right attitude. I’ve always enjoyed Ajoy ji’s performances and recordings - he has a way to connect and communicate with the audience. I agree Kaushiki’s voice is pure (just like the name of one of her albums). I also like that she experiments with lighter forms as she continues developing as a classical singer. That ensures she popularises classical music with younger audiences.

Here’s a mix of her renditions for the uninitiated.
 

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Kaushiki Chakraborty: The ‘Pure’ Voice

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39 years of age (of which she has been performing on stage for 19 years already!) and hailing from the musical city of Kolkata, Kaushiki is perhaps the most popular face amongst younger classical listeners today.She sings khyal but is also emerging as a force in thumris (light classical) which to me is her forte. While @Bhaskar Jyoti Talapatra wants to see her as the next Hirabai Barodekar, I feel she can also become a Thumri legend like Shobha Gurtu or Naina Devi.

Kaushiki is multifaceted (explains her popularity with new gen audience) and also sings in selective films. She is also a good conversationalist and also hosts her own musical talk show on Bangla TV channel.

Here’s a song by her from the Suman Ghosh film on Tagore’s sis-in-law, ‘Kadambari’ (music composed by another new gen Bangla gem I’d cover soon in the thread):


Please read the above two posts (by Bhaskar and me) for more on Kaushiki.
 

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M Venkatesh Kumar - A Late Bloomer

Venkatesh Kumar, at 67 years of age may seem an odd entry in this thread. But given that his performing career got launched only around the age of 40, his relatively less popularity but hugely impressive singing prowess, I decided to introduce him here.

Born to a folk artist and puppeteer, Venkatesh spent learning music the traditional way in an ashrama with a saint-musician for years. This traditionalism continues to reflect in his onward journey as well as singing - his renditions have the ability to take the listener back in time - not just to the 80s and 90s, but even before that. Trained in both Gwalior and Kirana gharana, but also follower of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of Patiala gharana, it’s not surprising to get glimpses of many previous greats in his singing.

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I’d characterise his robust voice as a big strength of his. Don’t expect Rashid Khan like delicacy, his singing is always full-throated and firm, yet maintaining adequate melodiousness to not become strident. He has a great control on his layakari which comes out so fluently that you wonder at its ease!

Just like his career, his khyal renditions take off slowly. A first time listener would wonder why is he rated so highly by connoisseurs when he hits The early notes, but as he warms up and that rasping voice comes into its own, he transforms into a force to reckon with! He’d remind you of Bhimsen and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan both with his sky reaching taans and booming voice. There’s also a hint of Carnatic in his sargams which only adds its own charm.

Venkatesh also sings devotional songs as most musicians coming from Karnataka do and is particularly good at Dasara Padas. He is also academically oriented and has started teaching next gen.

If you haven’t already, you ‘must’ listen to this ‘guni kalakar’ whose best is yet to come. I reckon he will continue to grow in stature over the next decade or two. Here’s a khyal rendition by Kumar followed by a devotional performance:


 

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There are far more young promising singers in Carnatic than Hindusthani I feel.
Aiswarya Vidya Raghunath is one of them.
Lovely tempo.Slow but full of energy.
 
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Ustad Rashid Khan , a promising future in Hindustani classical according to Pt.Bhimsen Joshi.
I thing ustad has proved that.
 

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Bharathi Prathap ,disciple of Lalit Rao ,Agra gharana I find quite promising.One to watch out for.Like her approach.

Good find. Thanks for introducing. Her guru Lalith Rao has such a distinctive voice and style. The ease and alacrity with which her voice climbs registers!

Ustad Rashid Khan , a promising future in Hindustani classical according to Pt.Bhimsen Joshi.
I thing ustad has proved that.

Already counted among the current greats.
 
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