Koushik Aithal is a professional playback singer and vocalist. He has sung many south Indian songs. He is a very prominent Hindustani vocalist who is based in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He was trained in music by Pandit Parameshwar Hedge of Kirana Gharana. Koushik Aithal is specialized in Hindustani classical music. In his early childhood, Koushik Aithal was sent to learn classical music from his parents. Only after few years into adolescence, he was kept under the guidance of Shri Humayun Harlapur to excel in Hindustani classical music for many years. Koushik Aithal was born in a small town called Tirthahalli. Because of his talent and dedication to classical music, it was felt right for Koushik Aithal to move to Bengaluru. He did his undergraduate studies in business management at Bengaluru.
It was only after this initial training that he was accepted by Pt Parameshwar Hedge. Pt Parameshwar Hedge was a former student of the Late Padmabhushan Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru, and he is a leading exponent of Gwalior, Patiala Gharanas, and Kirana. He nurtured and tuned Koushik Aithal in the form of music called Khayal Gayaki and paved him a way for being one of the most promising artists. Koushik Aithal began to create a niche for himself in this field with his distinct style. One can also notice certain traits of his Guru while Koushik Aithal performs. Koushik Aithal is best known for his renditions of Bhajan. Khayal, Natyageet and Marathi Abhang. Koushik Aithal has received many honors, awards, and scholarships for his works. The Government of India provided a scholarship for him for his achievements.
He also received the Promising Artist Award in the year 2006 by the ITC Sangeet Research Academy. Koushik Aithal has participated in the competition conducted by All India Radio and won the first prize in national level Hindustani Music beating his peers and masters. He is a graded artist of premier national broadcasting companies like All India Radio and Doordarshan. Koushik Aithal also won the Jadubhatta Puraskar award by the Salt Lake Cultural Academy in Kolkata. He has performed in many live concerts all over India in cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Agra and many more. He has performed in famed stages like NCPA in Mumbai, Devnandan Ubhayakar Yuva Sangeet Utsav located in Bengaluru, Malhaar Utsav located at the Bharatiya Sangeet Vidyalaya, etc. His debut album in classical music was Aarohi which was released in the year 2010. He also conducts many workshops in Bengaluru. Koushik Aithal has also lent his voice for many regional dance recitals.