Kalpana Patowary

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Kalpana Patowary
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Kalpana Patowary
Other namesBhojpuri Queen[1][2][3]
Alma materCotton University
Bhatkhande Music Institute
OccupationSinger, Actress
Years active1993–present
SpouseParvez Khan
Musical career
GenresPrimitive-acoustic folk, ambient electronic and new age jazz - fusion, electronic fusion, Indian/Assamese classical, jazz and ghazal

Kalpana Patowary is an Indian playback and folk singer from Assam. She sings in 30 languages and has many folk and popular songs to her credit, while Bhojpuri music has been her most dedicated foray.[4][5] In his book, Cinema Bhojpuri, Avijit Ghosh lauds Patowary for her "remarkable contribution" to Bhojpuri film music. "Gifted with a rich, powerful and sensuous voice, the singer from Assam is almost considered mandatory for any film's score," he writes.

Early life and background[edit]

" Music barons in India were left gaping when Kalpana Patowary, a singer of Indian folk music, was signed on by British recording company Virgin EMI Records in April. They were all the more surprised to see the soaring international demand for her Bhojpuri music album with songs about migration. It seems Bhojpuri folk songs on migration are witnessing resurgence on an unexpected scale."[6]

Patowary was born in a Yogi-Nath family of Nath samradaya community in Barpeta district in Assam.[7] A graduate in English literature, Patowary is an alumnus of Cotton College of Guwahati. Trained in Kamrupiya and Goalporiya folk music by her folksinger father Sri Bipin Nath Patowary, Kalpana started to publicly perform at the tender age of 4 with her father and is also trained as Sangeet Visharad in Indian classical music from Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow.[8] She sings many forms of Bhojpuri folk music including Purvi, Pachra, Kajri, Sohar, Vivaah geet, Chaita, and Nautanki.[9]

Patowary has worked little on the works of Bhikhari Thakur and has released an album commemorating his life and work.[10]


Patowary is the first Bhojpuri singer to present an age old tradition of Khadi Birha tradition to international platforms.[11]

In 2013, Patowary made an appearance in a documentary film, Bidesia in Bambai. Released on 8 December 2013, it is a look at Mumbai through the lens of the migrant worker and his music.[12]

She was invited to perform on a 15-day tour in four Latin American countries presented by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs on the occasion of Indian Arrival Day.[citation needed]

Patowary is the first woman to record and sing in the Chhaprahiya Purvi style.[13] Prior to her work, Purvi was a male preserve.

Patowary also made her acting debut in the Bhojpuri movie, Chalat Musafir Moh Liyo Re playing the role of Janki, co-starring opposite Dinesh Lal Yadav.[14][15]

She also participated in the reality show Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka (2008) on NDTV Imagine.

Political career[edit]

In October 2020 Patowary joined the Asom Gana Parishad at an event held at party's head office in Guwahati.[16][17]


Denotes films that have not yet been released

Hindi film songs[edit]

Year Song Film Composer Co-singer
2007 "Ek Sapna (Remix)" Stumped Dhrubajyoti Phukan[citation needed]
2007 "Tere Layee" Fool & Final Himesh Reshammiya Kunal Ganjawala
2007 "Uncha Lamba Kad" Welcome Anand Raj Anand Anand Raj Anand
2009 "Billu Bhayankar" Billu Ajay Jhingran, Raghuveer
2010 "Tikhi Tikhi Mirch (Folk Version)" Mirch Monty Sharma
2010 "Isak Se Meetha Kuch Bhi" Aakrosh Pritam Ajay Jhingran
2010 "Shakira" No Problem Master Saleem, Hard Kaur
2010 "Babe Di Kripa" Vikrant Singh
2010 "Aila Re Aila" Khatta Meetha Daler Mehndi
2013 "Gandi Baat" R... Rajkumar Mika Singh
2016 "Mona Ka Tona" Dhara 302 Sahil Multy Khan
2016 "Dono Aankho Ka Shutter" Khel Toh Ab Shuru Hoga Ashfaque
2017 "O Re Kaharo" Begum Jaan Anu Malik Altamash Faridi
2017 "Pyar Ka Test" Running Shaadi Abhishek-Akshay Bappi Lahiri
2018 "Jeans Pant Aur Choli" Ishqeria Papon Papon
2018 "Yaadein" Ishqeria Papon Papon

Tamil film songs[edit]

Year Song Films Composer Co-singer
1999 "Thirupachi Aruvala" Taj Mahal A. R. Rahman Palakkad Sreeram, Clinton Cerejo, Chandran
2005 "Kaathadi Pola" Maayavi Devi Sri Prasad Pushpavanam Kuppusamy

| |2006 |"Thotha Puram" |Varalaru |A.R.Rahman |Lenon James ,PeerMohammad, Ranjith , Sonu Kakkar |}

Marathi film songs[edit]

Year Song Films Composer Co-singer
2016 "Kalana" Taleem Praful Karlekar, Nitin Madhukar Rokade

Assamese film songs[edit]

Year Song Films Composer Co-singer
2002 "Neela Neela" Kanyadaan Zubeen Garg Zubeen Garg
2004 "Priya O Priya" (Sunday Holiday Closing Day) Antaheen Jatra Dr. Hitesh Baruah Zubeen Garg, Sagarika
2013 "I am Sexy" Ranangan Nipon Chutia Solo
2015 "Nonsense Hridoye" Ahetuk Poran Borkatoky (JoJo)
2016 "Maatal Ei Rati" Bahniman Jatin Sharma Zubeen Garg

Bengali film songs[edit]

Year Song Films Composer Co-star
2007 "Dhukupuku Buk" Minister Fatakeshto Jeet Gannguli Solo
2010 "Jhum Jhum Ja" Target Jeet Gannguli Jeet Gannguli
2010 "Ki Je Aagun" Target Jeet Gannguli Solo
2011 "Koka Kola" Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re Samidh Mukerjee Samidh Mukerjee
2012 "Madhubala" Macho Mastana Samidh Mukerjee Solo
2015 "Chain Kahan Prabhu Bina" Har Har Byomkesh Bickram Ghosh
2016 "Aata Geche" Angaar Akassh
2016 "3G" Hero 420 Savvy Gupta Nakash Aziz


Year Film Role Language Co-star Director Ref
2006 Chalat Musafir Moh Liyo Re Janki Bhojpuri Dinesh Lal Yadav Manoj Ojha credited as Kalpana
2013 Bidesia in Bambai[citation needed] Self Bhojpuri Surabhi Sharma


  1. ^ "Assam: Singer Kalpana Patowary awarded for contribution to Bhojpuri music". NorthEast Now. 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "'I became used to the fact that when I sing, guns go off': Bhojpuri star Kalpana Patowary". Scroll.in. 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ "An audience with the Bhojpuri Queen". The Asian Age. 26 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Assamese singer Kalpana Patowary resurrects Bhojpuri Shakespeare". easternfare.in. Eastern Fare Music Foundation. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  5. ^ Matta, Anubhuti (7 October 2017). "Spotlight on female voices at folk and fusion music festival". Hindustan Times.
  6. ^ "Notes on migration".
  7. ^ "Meet Kalpana Patowary, the Assamese 'Bhojpuri Melody Queen' from Guwahati!". The North East Today. 28 October 2016. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Kalpana Patowary OkListen!". OkListen.
  9. ^ "Folk traditions to come alive". Deccan Herald. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  10. ^ Tripathi, Shailaja (16 June 2012). "On the Shakespeare of Bhojpuri". The Hindu.
  11. ^ "Meet Kalpana Patowary, the Assamese 'Bhojpuri Melody Queen' from Guwahati!". The North East Today. 28 October 2016. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  12. ^ Bhattacharya, Budhaditya (22 August 2013). "Of migration and mobiles". The Hindu.
  13. ^ "Kalpana Patowary had a chat with us about her musical journey!". The Score Magazine. 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Kalpana Patowary: Top Bhojpuri songs of the popular singer". The Times of India. 1 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Nirahua recalls first Bhojpuri film 'Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo'". The Times of India. 23 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Assam: Popular folk singer Kalpana Patowary joins AGP". India Today. 9 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Assam: Bhojpuri queen Kalpana Patowary joins Asom Gana Parishad". EastMojo. 9 October 2020.

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