An artist has to change along with time , says Kaushiki Chakraborty

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Vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty interacted with the journalists in a programme called Sanskrutik Katta, organised by Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ). 

Pune : “An artist is a spokesperson who promotes art. Since the socio-economic environment in which we live is always changing, the artist too has to change. If the artist does not change with time, not only the artist but the art also becomes obsolete. So it is important for an artist to change with time,” said Vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty while interacting with journalists during a program called ‘Sanskrutik Katta’ organized by Pune Shramik Journalists Association at Patrakar Sangh today.  

Chakraborty and National Award-winning vocalist Rahul Deshpande will sing together for the first time at the 16th Vasantotsav Music Festival starting from January 20 in Pune.

Swapnil Bapat, President, Pune Shramik Journalists Association and Abhijit Barbhai, Treasurer were present on this occasion.

Regarding their announcement about singing together, Kaushiki said, “The jugalbandi of ideas is more important than the jugalbandi performed on stage, so there is a pressure while singing with Rahul. But after we did Riaz together, we came up with ideas and prepared something different to perform together. Tomorrow’s presentation is going to be very different.”

Talking about Sangeet Gharanas and today’s music, Rahul Deshpande said, “In the past, the gharanas would get royal shelter through which they got the names of places. Today, social media has increased our options and there are different options available. But music is more important than all of us, and the exchange of ideas can take place through music. People are increasingly inclined to listen to what is good and what they like.”

When asked about the changing nature of music in these times, Kaushiki said, “The strength of music is defined through the raag that the artist sings. These traditions were deeply rooted in the previous generation. The songs composed by them were timeless and even today the charm of those songs remains. The influence of classical music continues even today.”

Expressing their views on the international award for the song ‘Nattu Nattu’ from the movie RRR, Kaushiki said, “It is a pleasure to see an Indian artist getting an international award. But as an artist, a student of music, I did not like that song, because I don’t understand the lyrics of that song. At the same time, I don’t think that a song is the best if it gets an award. That which is known, felt and something to be taken from, is what makes an art great.”

Sukrut Mokashi was the moderator of the program.

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