Mellifluous, Multilingual, Magical: “the Sacred Scriptures of Monikut “by Assamese Bhojpuri folk singer Kalpana Patowary by the trio music maestros Pritam, Lalit Pandit, Anup Jalota & Zubin Garg

Mellifluous, Multilingual, Magical: “the Sacred Scriptures of Monikut “by Assamese Bhojpuri folk singer Kalpana Patowary by the trio music maestros Pritam, Lalit Pandit, Anup Jalota & Zubin Garg 

 

Amidst the presence of Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota, Gulzar Saab, Imtiaz Ali, Hariharan, Pritam, Shantanu Moitra, Resul Pookutty & other eminent personalities, Kalpana Patowary ( singer of chartbuster Gandi Baat fame) released her magnum opus album ‘The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut’- Brajavali Hymns at the 3rd edition of the Srimanta Sankaradeva Movement Mumbai Initiative at NCPA.

 

Kalpana Patowary, the artist that featured in the 3rd season of the popular show Coke Studio portraying Rajasthani & Assamese folk, released the album about the reformer, wandering philosopher, saint & poet; Srimanta Sankaradeva from Assam in collaboration for the time with Trilok Gurtu (Germany) – master of Indian percussion & western drumming & Guru Rewben Mashangva, Angaraag Mahanta and Zubeen Garg.

 

 ‘The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur’ which got her International acclaim was a historical – memorable and a proud moment in her musical journey is the latest proof that she expels that fetched her a nomination under the category of Best Folk Album at GIMA Awards 2013.

 

Kalpana Patowary an Assamese by birth, a stalwart in the annals of India’s cultural heritage is a disciple of the legendary classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, her first language is Assamese, she sings in Bhojpuri, Hindi, English, and Bengali & 23 other languages with 12000 songs to her credit.

 

She has already been a  playback singer in more than 100 Hindi feature films like NO  PROBLEM,  AAKROSH, KHATTA MEETHA, WELCOME, DE DANA DAN,BILLU BARBER, NO PROBLEM etc.

 

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 2013. They were all the more surprised to see the soaring international demand for her Bhojpuri music album with songs about migration.

 

Lately she will be on a 10 days tour for concerts in six Latin American countries presented by The Ministry of Cultural Affairs on the auspicious occasion of Indian Arrival Day, commemorating the arrival of people (Girmitiyas) from the India subcontinent to Caribbean and the island nation of Mauritius presenting songs on migration.

 

When one thinks of Bhojpuri music world, be it film music or traditional non-film one, you have to take Kalpana Patowary’s name.


Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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