Kaushiki Chakraborty began her musical journey under the tutelage of her renowned parents, Chandana and Ajoy Chakraborty and gave her first major concert at the age of 16 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. The audience comprised a few of the greatest names in Hindustani music, including Zakir Hussain, Alla Rakha Khan, Sultan Khan, Amjad Ali Khan. The verdict of that evening was unanimous: the next big phenomenon in Hindustani music had arrived!
Kaushiki remained a scholar of ITC SRA till 2004 and graduated with ‘A Top’, the highest grade given by the academy. By then, she was already the leading female vocalist of her generation, having performed at all leading music festivals in the country and with several foreign tours under her belt. Kaushiki is an apt inheritor of her father’s mantle and a torchbearer of the Patiala tradition. She chose to adapt the tenets of the Patiala gayaki style to suit her own voice and temperament and her gayaki adequately expresses this balance, as it strides effortlessly across khayaland semi-classical genres and beyond. Over just the last 3 years, Kaushiki has sung in films and been a part of the hugely popular MTV Coke Studio project.