Kalpana Patowary at Windmills Craftsworks, Bangalore

  • Date / Time: 07/25/2015 : 9:30 PM
  • Location: Windmills Craftsworks
  • Address: Windmills Craftworks, EPIP Zone, Whitefield,Bangalore,Karnataka,India
  • Entry: Rs. 500, Rs. 1000

Trained in Assamese folk by her folksinger father Bipin Patowary and a sangeet visharad in Indian Classical music from Lucknow Bhatkhande music university. 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’. Critics wrote that she changed the art of Bhojpuri vocals. She mastered many folk forms like purvi, pachra, kajri, sohar, vivaah geet, chaita, nautanki from UP-Bihar and presented in a new way to the world. Born and raised in Assam, 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 month old child, singing with her father at local stages and community gatherings. 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 singing professionally. After graduating from college, she travelled around the North East at various local music scenes.

Often hailed as the Bhojpuri queen, Kalpana Patowary’s body of work is vast, exploring the intersections between Bhojpuri music and other folk traditions, including primitive-acoustic folk with some trace of Indian classical music, ambient electronic and new age jazz – fusion, electronic fusion, Indian/ Assamese classical, Indian/ Assamese folk, playback singing, jazz and ghazals.