Kalpana Patowary (Assamese: কল্পনা পাটোৱাৰী)(Born 1 January 1978)(musician/singer/composer/recording artist/ record producer) disciple of legendary Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and influenced by Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the 'Bard of Brahmaputra' geographically hails from Assam. Trained in Assamese folk by her folksinger father Bipin Patowary and Indian Classical music, Kalpana Patowary blessed with a stunning five-octave range and signature vocal abilities, has been hailed as a prodigy in the world of Bhojpuri music. "She gave Bhojpuri Music a new twist". Critic wrote that she changed the art of Bhojpuri vocals. Very few people know that Kalpana Patowary is as versatile that she justifies or renders both in raw folk forms as well as western singing.Kalpana Patowary's music genre is about primitive-acoustic folk with some trace of Indian classical music, ambient electronic and new age jazz - fusion. Her first language is Assamese but she sings in Bhojpuri, Hindi, Bengali, English and 25 other languages with around 9000 songs to her credit. She is deeply rooted in nirgun, purvi, kajree, pachra(devi geet), sohar, vivaah geet, chaita, nautanki, bihu, goalporia folk and many other folk forms from UP - Bihar and presented in a new way to the world.
Coming from humble origins as the daughter of a folk musician from Assam, her own rise as an artist is an equally fascinating story, as his her ascendance as an Assamese Bhojpuri vocalist.
" 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."
Film - R...Rajkumar
2013 a prolific release year for Kalpana. The year started with songs from Hindi film R...Rajkumar, where she recorded for composer Pritam for the song "Gandi Baat" a duet with Mika Singh. The only achchi baat about the film was the song 'Gandi Baat'. The song emerged as the biggest hit of 2013 and topped the charts and well received by music lovers.
Coke Studio (India):
2013 - Featured artist - Episode 5th - 14 September
GIMA 2013 #Global Indian Music Academy Awards:
Best Folk Album category
Kalpana's musical documented Bhojpuri album 'The legacy of Bhikhari Thakur' on the Shakespeare of Bhojpuri literature - Bhikhari Thakur, was nominated in this year's GIMA 2013 (Global Indian Music Academy) awards in Best Folk Album category.
The legacy of Bhikhari Thakur
RIFF 2013 #Rajasthan International Folk Festival:
RIFF 2013 Jodhpur
Kalpana Patowary presented Bhikhari Thakur's Bhojpuri Folk traditions
Traditional Bhikhari Thakur songs
105 year old Ram Mangya Ram
The Dewarists - Pune:
Day 2 Roundup
Sheldon D'Silva on bass, Nitin Shankar on additional percussion,
Nominated as Best Playback Singer (Female) for Assamese film Ranangan in Prag Cine Award 2014 to be held in Bangalore.,
Kalpana Patowary was awarded as The Thumb Print's choice of the 10 Coolest Northeasterners of 2013.,
Kalpana Patowary was invited to judge ^just do-et - singing event in St.Xaviers Malhar Festival, Mumbai on 11 August 2013.,
Early life and background:
Kalpana Patowary was born on 1 January 1978 in Barpeta district in Assam.
A graduate in English literature from Cotton College, Assam and Visharad in Indian Classical Music (vocal) under Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth, Lucknow in 1996, a regular artist Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati, Assam as well as All India Radio (yuba bani) Guwahati, Assam since 1992.
Kalpana first developed an interest in music when she was a child and learned to sing with her father, who had dabbled in folk music in his younger days; in her early teens, she picked up a harmonium and her dad taught her the notes selection. Kalpana began performing as a 4 year old child, singing with her father at local stages and community gathering.
She won the 1st position in the "Bhupendra Sangeet" competition in 1985 amongs'st numerous artists from the North East.
In "Rabha Sangeet" competition, Kalpana Patowary again won the 1st prize.
She won the "Best singer award" in"Jyoti Sangeet" in the "Barpeta District" competition in 1986.
She was adjudged the "Best Singer" of "Cotton College", Guwahati 1993-1994 sessions.
She participated in All India Civil Services Competition "Kala Sangram" held in Bhopal.
As a teenager, inspired by Mariah Carey Kalpana developed a taste of western classical music and sang with a local band. After a while, she started professional singing. Upon graduating from college, she travelled around the North East at various local music scenes.
In 2001, with endless aspirations and immense confidence, Kalpana moved towards Mumbai the dream city of India. This talented Assamese damsel made her debut with a remix album named "My Heart is Beating" with Times Music and by-and-by she didn't look back.
With her debut Bhojpuri album " Gawanwa Leja Rajaji " released from T-Series established her as a Bhojpuri star singer by breaking all former records of T-Series, Kalpana Patowary raised a storm which heralded the dawn of new era in the realm of Bhojpuri folk music. Released in 2003, Gawanwa Leja Rajaji strongly resonated with audiences, becoming that year's best-selling album in India and selling in crore units nationwide till date. Kalpana broke milestones with the album which opened the Bhojpuri music industry in India. She has given till date the most hit Bhojpuri numbers in Northern India.
Kalpana Patowary's first Bhojpuri film for which she sang was Saiya Se Karda Milanwa Hey Ram and the second was Ganga Jaisan Mai Hamar. But the third film really turned to be a milestone and once again it established an industry - yes, Sasura Bada Paisawala. Bhojpuri Cinema was revolutionized by Sasura Bada Paisewala. Made with a budget of Rs. 30 lakhs, the film collected a gross earning of over Rs. 25 crore. Hereafter, there was no looking back for the Bhojpuri film industry.
The best-selling female artist of all time - Kalpana has made an indelible impact on the Bhojpuri music industry and audiences everywhere.
Kalpana acting debuted in the Bhojpuri film Chalat Musafir Moh Lio Re in the title role. Kalpana played the role of a dalit women. She received positive reviews for her acting as well from critics.
COURT RESTRAINS BHOJPURI SINGER NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court restrained Bhojpuri singer Kalpana Patowary from recording or performing music scores for any company other than T-Series till the next date of hearing. The singer had entered into an exclusive agreement with T-Series on 28 December 2002, and agreed to sing for the company for three years with an option to extend it by another two years. A sum of Rs 15 lakh had been paid to the singer.
LANDMARK JUDGEMENT BY NEW DELHI COURT 2008 Kalpana Patowary moved the Delhi High Court and put a case for forgery (an exclusive agreement) on the Indian music label T-Series. The Delhi High court gave a landmark judgment in favour of Kalpana Patowary for recording or performing music scores with any other company.
In 2009, after a lengthy hiatus Kalpana Patowary build her own dream home studio MUSIC BOX STUDIOS in Mumbai.
As Playback Singer in Bollywood:
List of songs recorded by Kalpana Patowary
Recorded on 5 April 2014
1)VICKY DONOR director Shoojit Sircar,
2)Ronnie Lahiri (Rising Sun Films),
3)Crouching Tiger motion pictures.
Recorded on 20 February 2014&Releasing on 9 May 2014
Fox STAR Studios
Recorded on 20 February 2014
Mumbai Can't Dance Sala
Vivek Dixit, Reena Pasi
Anubhav Negi(executive producer)Pramod Sharma(producer)
Do aur do paanch
Benny & Babloo
Rangilo Maro Ghagro & Akhiyon Se Kar Ke
Shemaroo Entertainment Limited
2010 23 July
Aila Re Aila
2010 1 October
Tere Ishq se meetha
2010 10 December USA
Shakira se bhi zyada # Baba di kripa
2010 26 September
Tikhi Tikhi Mirch - Folk version
Reliance Big Pictures
2010 27 August
Katey Na Jawaani
Dr Romen Kumar Jha
Ajay Jingran,Raghuvir Yadav
De Dana Dan
Hotty Naughty (Remix)
Oh, My God!!
Ek se bura do
2008 August 29
Dukh ke badri
Parthiv Goel, Shail
Vijayta Films Pvt. Ltd
Roop Kumar Rathode
Kya Khoya Kya Paya
1 January 2007
Kuchh khel kuchh masti
Raaj Gandhi & Anand Rai Indeevar
Ek uncha lamba kad
Anand Raj Anand
Anand Raj Anand
2006 31 March
Chand ke paar chalo
Dhin chak lad gayee
1)Saat Samundar Paar Main Tere Pichhe,
2)Saiyan Kee Baiyan Mai Thame Chalee Thee
2)Tu Ishq Mera
2) Kalpana, Kunal Ganjawala
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Bada Zulam Dhaya Sipahiya
Durga Prasad & Ricki Gada
2003 May 16
Ek sapna - Western version
2003 27 June
88 Antop Hill
Popular Hindi Album Songs:
Coke Studio @ MTV Season 3: Episode 5
2013 22 March
Aaya Bihu Jhoom Ke
Times Music / The Orchard
2011 09 September
111 Bollywood History Remixed
Bhoomro Bhoomro & Bahon mein chali aao & Kaanta laga & Pari hoon mein & Main pyar ki pujaran
Vale Entertainment Ltd
2009 June 12
Bombay shots 3
Chood do aanchal & Do You Think I'm Sexy
Vale Entertainment Ltd
Black & White Yaadein
Dj Jitesh & Spin Guru
Bujh Mera Kya Naam Re
Pooh Kya Jalwa Hain
Aankho mein jalwa hain
Rakhi Sawant's - Super Girl
Yaara Na Dil Laga
2005 3 June
Bombay Club Night's
Mere piya gaye rangoon
Vale Entertainment Ltd
Spykar club Night
Remixed by Jackie V
Babuji zara dheere chalo
Miss Spicy Mix
Party Mania On Your Toes by R.D. Burman
Jab Andhera Hota Hai (Remix)
8 June 2003
Tabla Tod Mix, Vol. 2
Vale Entertainment Ltd.
Utsav Mix *Gana Puraane Andaaz Naya
DJ Nasha & Jatin Sharma
My Heart is Beating
And Then He Kissed Me(English)
DJ Suketu's 440 Volts
Pyar Zindagi Hai
Jab Andhera Hota Hai Remix
Yeh Mumbai sehar hadso ke sheher
Major albums and collaborations:
Latest musical documentation - Anthology of Biraha a folk form of Uttar Pradesh & Bihar.
The Sacred Scriptures of MONIKUT - Presently working on The Sacred Scriptures of MONIKUT i.e. Bhakti Movement about the reformer, wandering philosopher, saint and poet, Mahapurush Srimanta Shankardeva and his disciple Mahapurush Srimanta Madhavdeva from Assam in collaboration for the first time with Trilok Gurtu - master of Indian percussion, and Western drumming who plays a unique hybrid East-West drum set up @Guru Rewben Mashangva - Father of Naga folk blues @Angarag Papon Mahanta from East India Company.
Maa-e-ri - a lyrical conversation with Mother Nature 2013 - Her latest album released from EMI/Virgin Records documents the perils about the Law of Nature and urges respect for the Nature's laws for a sustainable future.
Fagunahat 2013 - Holi album released from Emi/Virgin records.
The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur 2011 - Her solo Bhojpuri musical documentation on the Shakespear of Bhojpuri Literature released from EMI/Virgin Records got her International acclaim.
Another world music project with Fassal Quareshi titled Rhythmic Dialog has been released worldwide through Free Bird Records.
Massical 2009 - Her International release from BIRDjam Label Germany with world class India's virtuoso percussionist and bandleader Trilok Gurtu, one of the most dynamic and prolific musicians and collaborated with international unique musicians like Carlo Cantini, Jan Garbarek, Phil Drummy, Roland Cabezas, Stefano Dall'Ora.
Maati Ke Laal Kalpana Patowary was a part of the singing competition Junoon - Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka on NDTV Imagine in September 2008. She competed from the Folk genre with Illa Arun as her mentor.
The show was a competition between three genres - Sufi, Folk and Bollywood. Singers from India and Pakistan participated in the show.
Sur Sangram 3
Suron Ka Maha Sangram
Nehle Pe Dehla - "Nanhe Suron Ka Maha Sangram
Sur Sangram 2
Sur Sangram 1
6 June 2008
Junoon Kutch Kar Dikhaane Ka
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
Pop Star Audition
Kalpana Patowary gave a vocal performance in Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 for theme - celebration track - Assamese with music by Ranjit Barot and produced by Bharat Bala Productions.
Vocals for TV serial titles:
Name Of Serial
Company / Production
2013 August 7
Ekta Kapoor's - Balaji Telefilms
21 January 2008 - 2011
Saroj Khan's - Nach le Way
Gup Shup Coffee Shop
Kuch Love Kuch Masti
30 April 2001
Manzilein Apne Apne
Bhoot Ke Choti
Achanak 37 Saal Baad
Ekta Mahotsav 2014 in Pratapgarh on 27 February organised by Dept.of Tourism, Uttar Pradesh.,
North-East Festival 2013 in Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.,
Bhikhari Thakur's 126th Birth Anniversary organised by Dept of Tourism Bihar in Chhapra on 20 December 2013.,
Kalpana Patowary presents in Opus (Palace Cross Road) Bangalore on 27 September 2013.,
RIFF 2013 - Rajastan International Folk Festival - Kalpana Patowary presents The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur.,
Ugratara Sanskritik Mahotsav 2013 in Mahishi Saharsa organized by Deptt. of Tourism, Bihar on 17 and 18 October.,
Taj Mahotsav 2013 - Bhojpuri icon(Kalpana Patowary) invited by Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department to perform for the prestigious - Taj Festival Agra on 26 February 2013.,
Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 - Kalpana Patowary was invited by Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department to perform for the - "greatest show on Earth" the Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 in Allahabad on 1 February 2013.,
NDTV Imagine's Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka - This powerhouse vocalist set the stage on fire when she hit some orotund notes on the sets of NDTV Imagine's Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka. Kalpana had been taking Assamese and Bhojpuri folk songs to various corners of India for more than a decade and Junoon Kuch Kar Dikhane Ka was simply the perfect platform for her to attain nationwide recognition. Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka is a singing reality show and premiered on NDTV Imagine at 6 June 2008.,
Mood Indigo 2010 - Singer - Performer Kalpana left IIT Powai spellbound in a Magical Evening - Fusion Night - Mood Indigo IIT Pawai, Mumbai on 22 December 2010.,
Essar's founders day - Show with music director Anand Raj Anand Essar's founders day on 19 January 2008, Venue - Intercontinental Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi.,
We Are The Future Concert - silver jubilee celebrations of Utpal Sanghvi School - Kalpana performed at the We Are The Future Concert - silver jubilee celebrations of Utpal Sanghvi School, Juhu Scheme,held at the Andheri sports club on 12 January 2008 along with Anand Raj Anand, Himesh Reshammiya, Aditya Narayan, Parthiv Gohil (Saawariya fame), Abhijeet, Shweta Pandit, Yash Pandit.,
Sultanat of Oman, Muscat - For the first time in Bhojpuri history I have performed a Bhojpuri stage show on 19 January 2006 in an Arabic country, Sultanat of Oman, Muscat. This was the first time ever that any Bhojpuri singer performed in an Arabic country.,
Dainik Jagran - Singer Kalpana performed a charity show in Deoria, Gorakpur U.P to raise funds for AIDS affected people organised by Dainik Jagran and Lion Group of Deoria. The slogan of the show was - ii EK RUPAI KA DAAN GARIBO KI BACHAO JAAN ii.,
Nominated as Best Playback Singer (Female) for Assamese film Ranangan in Prag Cine Award 2014 to be held in Bangalore.
The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur is nominated as Best Folk Album in the non-film music category in GIMA 2013 (Global Indian Music Academy awards).
Best Bengali playback singer female - hit item song "Koka Kola" - film Faande Poriya Boga Kanande - 12th Tele Cine Awards - Kolkata 2012 - Science City Auditorium, Kolkata - 7 April 2012.
Best Song in Folk Category - Bhojpuri chhath song "Saiya Chali Aawa Karat Bani Chhath" - Chhath album "Aage Bilaiyya Peechhe Chhati Maiya" - Big star IMA Awards - 11 March 2011, Mumbai.
Best Item song category of the year - song "Aila Re Aila" - Hindi film Khatta Meetha - Radio Mirchi's 98.3 FM's - 3rd Uninor Mirchi Music Awards -- 27 January 2011, Mumbai.
Most popular Marathi singer - Zee Talkies - Maharashtra Cha Favourite Kaun - People's Choice Award - 2010 - song "Sarkar Aahoo Sarkar" - film Gallit Gondhal Dillit Mujra - 29 October 2010, Grand Hayatt, Santacruse in Mumbai.
Best Playback singer - 8th Bhojpuri Film Fare Award 2013 - Kalpana Patowary received the Best playback singer award held by Bhojpuri Film and TV Welfare Association in the 8th Bhojpuri Film Fare Award held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.,
Best Playback singer - 3rd Bhojpuri Film Fare Award 2008 - Kalpana Patowary received the Best playback singer award held by Bhojpuri Film and TV Welfare Association in the 3rd Bhojpuri Film Fare Award held in Goregoan Sports complex, Andheri.,
Etv Bihar - Jharkhand & UP Bhojpuri channels - Best Bhojpuri singer Award - Kalpana Patowary received Etv Bihar/Jharkhand & UP's Bhojpuri channels - Best Bhojpuri singer award 2008 held in Banaras.,
Bhikhari Thakur Samman 2010 by Bhikhari Thakur Samajik Sodh Sanstha, Ara, Bihar.,
Bhikhari Thakur Samman in Calcutta,
Bhikhari Thakur Samman in Jamshedpur,
Bhojpuri Swar Mallika,
Bhojpuri Sewa Samman,
Bhojpuri Sangam Samman,
Atkrista Gayak Samman,
The Bhojpuri Queen,
Panchamrit Samman - Kalpana Patowary was awarded the Panchamrit Award organised by Dainik Jagran and Lion Group of Deoria UP.,
Ambedkar National Award - Kalpana Patowary has been honored with the prestigious Ambedkar National Award by Buddha Education Foundation. This award was presented to her in Hamsdhwani Theater, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 15 March 2009. Kalpana has been honored for her valuable contribution to society in the field of music and culture. She was felicitated with a memento, shawl and bouquet. The award was presented by Ram Bilas Paswan.,
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