Kalpana Patowary

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Kalpana Patowary
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Kalpana Patowary
Background information
Birth name Kalpana Patowary
Born (1978-10-27) 27 October 1978 (age 38)
Sorbhog, Barpeta, Assam, India
Genres Primitive-acoustic folk, Ambient electronic and new age jazz - fusion, electronic fusion, Indian/ Assamese classical, Jazz and Ghazal
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2001–present

Kalpana Patowary (Assamese: কল্পনা পাটোৱাৰী) is an Indian playback and folk singer from Assam. She is a disciple of Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan and has been influenced by the bard of Brahmaputra Bhupen Hazarika. She sings in 30 different languages. She participated in the reality show Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka (2008) on NDTV Imagine. Patowary has lent her vocals to numerous Bhojpuri songs and Bollywood numbers in films including Billu and R. Rajkumar. Although she has many folk and popular songs to her credit, Bhojpuri music has been her most dedicated foray.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Patowary was born on 27 October 1978 in Barpeta district in Assam.[citation needed] A graduate in English literature from Cotton College, Assam and Visharad in Indian Classical Music, Lucknow in 1996, Patowary started publicly performing at the age of 4. Trained in kamrupiya and goalporiya Assamese folk music by her father Sri Bipin Patowary, a folk singer himself, Patowary is also trained as Sangeet Visharad in Indian classical music from Bhatkhande Music Institute University, Lucknow.[citation needed] Patowary has a five-octave range and has been hailed as a prodigy[by whom?] in the world of Bhojpuri film and traditional folk forms. She has mastered many forms of Bhojpuri folk music including Purvi, Pachra, Kajri, Sohar, Vivaah geet, Chaita, and Nautanki. She has been credited[by whom?] with reviving and promoting Bhojpuri music all over the world on the international stage.[2]

Patowary has worked extensively on the works of Bhikhari Thakur and has released an album commemorating his life and work.[3]


Patowary has served as a role model for active involvement for both the Bhojpuri traditional folk forms and Bhojpuri film music. She has transformed the Bhojpuri singing art from a small regional industry to the full-fledged high quality vocal art in the international front. Her work in MTV Coke Studio 2014 and 2015 demonstrates this. She is the first Bhojpuri singer to present an age old tradition of Khadi Birha tradition to international platforms.[citation needed]

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

Chhaprahiya Purvi[edit]

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

Bhojpuri cinema[edit]

Patowary is a singer of Bhojpuri Cinema and is the best-selling female artist.[citation needed] In 2013, she debuted in producer Sudakar Pandey's film Chalat Musafir Moh Lio Re in the title role. Patowary played the role of a dalit girl. She received positive reviews for her acting as well from critics.[citation needed]


Hindi film songs[edit]

Year Song Film Composer Co-singer
2017 "O Re Kaharo" Begum Jaan Anu Malik Altamash Faridi
2016 "Dono Aankho Ka Shutter" Khel Toh Ab Shuru Hoga
2016 "Mona Ka Tona" Dhara 302 Sahil Multy Khan
2013 "Gandi Baat" R... Rajkumar Pritam Mika Singh
2010 "Aila Re Aila" Khatta Meetha Daler Mehndi
2010 "Babe Di Kripa" No Problem Vikrant Singh
2010 "Shakira" Master Saleem, Hard Kaur
2010 "Isak Se Meetha Kuch Bhi" Aakrosh Ajay Jhingran
2009 "Billu Bhayankar" Billu Ajay Jhingran, Raghuveer
2007 "Uncha Lamba Kad" Welcome Anand Raj Anand, Himesh Reshammiya, Sajid-Wajid Anand Raj Anand
2007 "Tere Layee" Fool & Final Himesh Reshammiya Kunal Ganjawala

Tamil film songs[edit]

Year Song Films Composer Co-singer
1999 "Thirupachi Aruvalai" Tajmahal A. R. Rahman Palakkad Sreeram, Clinton Cerejo, Chandran

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
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
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

" 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."



  1. ^ "Assamese singer Kalpana Patowary resurrects Bhojpuri Shakespeare". easternfare.in. Eastern Fare Music Foundation. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Folk traditions to come alive". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Tripathi, Shailaja (June 16, 2012). "On the Shakespeare of Bhojpuri". The Hindu. 

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