Kalpana Patowary

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Kalpana Patowary
Kalpana Patowary
Born
Other namesBhojpuri Queen[1][2][3]
Alma materCotton University
Bhatkhande Music Institute
Occupation(s)Singer, Actress
Years active1993–present
SpouseParvez Khan
Children2
Musical career
GenresPrimitive-acoustic folk, ambient electronic and new age jazz - fusion, electronic fusion, Bhojpuri music, Indian classical, Assamese music, jazz and ghazal
Instrument(s)Vocals

Kalpana Patowary is an Indian playback and folk singer from Assam. She has recorded songs and folk music in several Indian languages, with Bhojpuri music being the major genre.[4][5]

Patowary embarked on her career at the age of 4[6] and received further training from Dipen Roy and Shikha Dutta for Sangeet Bisharad in Hindustani Classical Music at Bhatkhande Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Lucknow. [7] She has sung in more than 32 languages,[8] including Bhojpuri, Assamese, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, and English, throughout her solo musical journey.[9][10]

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."[11]

Patowary was born in a Yogi-Nath family of Nath sampradaya community in Barpeta district in Assam. 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[12] with her father and is also trained as Sangeet Visharad in Indian classical music from Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow.[13] She sings many forms of Bhojpuri folk music including Purvi, Pachra, Kajri, Sohar, Vivaah geet, Chaita, and Nautanki.[14][15]

Patowary has worked little on the works of Bhikhari Thakur and has released an album commemorating his life and work.[16][17]

Career[edit]

Patowary holds the distinction of being the inaugural Bhojpuri singer to introduce the age-old Khadi Birha tradition to international platforms.[18]

In 2013, Patowary featured in the documentary film Bidesia in Bambai, released on December 8. The documentary provides a perspective on Mumbai through the eyes of migrant workers and their music.[19]

She received an invitation to perform during a 15-day tour across four Latin American countries, arranged by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to commemorate Indian Arrival Day.[20]

A noteworthy achievement is Patowary's pioneering accomplishment as the first woman to record and sing in the Chhaprahiya Purvi style, a genre previously dominated by male artists.

Patowary marked her acting debut in the Bhojpuri movie "Chalat Musafir Moh Liyo Re," portraying the character of Janki alongside co-star Dinesh Lal Yadav.[21][22]

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

Political career[edit]

In July 2018, Patowary became a member of the BJP in a ceremony graced by the presence of its president, Amit Shah, and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi in Patna.[23][24][25]

In October 2020, Patowary affiliated herself with the Asom Gana Parishad during an event conducted at the party's headquarters in Guwahati.[26][27]

In the 2021 Assam Assembly election, Patowary contested as a candidate representing the Asom Gana Parishad from the Sarukheri constituency. Jakir Hussain Sikdar defeated her.[28]

Discography[edit]

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, Peer Mohammad, 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
2000 "Soku Lotokere" Asene Kunuba Hiyat Manuj Sarmah Zubeen Garg
2002 "Neela Neela" Kanyadaan 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-singer
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

Kannada film songs[edit]

Year Songs Films Composer Co-singer
2003 "Sweetu Rasagolla" Lankesh Patrike Babji-Sandeep
2007 "Magalu Doddavaladalu" Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide R. P. Patnaik C. Ashwath, Prem
2010 "Jarthaari Seere" Jothegara Sujeeth Shetty Udit Narayan

Filmography[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.
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  9. ^ "Kalpana Patowary to pay tribute to Ray in 'Har Har Byomkesh'". Business Standard.
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  11. ^ "Notes on migration". Archived from the original on 10 April 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  12. ^ "भोजपुरी सॉन्ग 'ऐ गणेश के पापा' ने बदली इस सिंगर की जिंदगी, सावन में हुआ वायरल- देखें Video". NDTVIndia. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  13. ^ "Kalpana Patowary OkListen!". OkListen.
  14. ^ "Folk traditions to come alive". Deccan Herald. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
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  19. ^ Bhattacharya, Budhaditya (22 August 2013). "Of migration and mobiles". The Hindu.
  20. ^ Digital Desk, Northeast Live (10 April 2018). "Kalpana Patowary to sing at the Commonwealth Games". Northeast Live. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  21. ^ "Kalpana Patowary: Top Bhojpuri songs of the popular singer". The Times of India. 1 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Nirahua recalls first Bhojpuri film 'Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo'". The Times of India. 23 February 2021.
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  27. ^ "Assam: Bhojpuri queen Kalpana Patowary joins Asom Gana Parishad". EastMojo. 9 October 2020.
  28. ^ "Assam Election Result 2021 | Sarukhetri Assembly Constituency: Jakir Hussain Sikdar defeats Kalpana Patowary, Manik Chandra Bora". Moneycontrol. 2 May 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2023.

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