Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kalpana Patowary to perform in Mahabahu Utsav 2015 Guwahati, Assam.

AssameseBhojpuri singer Kalpana Patowary performing in Mahabahu Utsav (17th March) 2015 Guwahati, Assam in Sonaram Higher Secondary School Playground, Bharalumukh, Guwahati.

The festival organized by the Assam, Cultural Affairs Department will showcase the culture of different indigenous communities in the state and also forge a bond between them through the exchange of culture.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Incredible India | Rediscovering Madhupur Satra | Cooch Behar | West Bengal.

             


      Assam being my place of origin; the land where I had spent my child hood; an integral part of my        identity- I could relive my bygone days by this 5 min music video.

Mahapurush Shri Shri Madhavdeva express his great devotion to Lord Krishna.He feels Krishna as his best friend and asked the Lord to rescue/save him from all sufferings of life.He asked Krishna for offering Bhakti Anand Rasa ie the greatest spiritual delights to him. Mahapurush Shri Shri Madhavdeva felt himself as “Patita” ie the down trodder person and asked him to save him from sins & sufferings from the Earth.With the help of this prayer Madhav Deva tries to reach Moksha for himself and entire sansara.


Here Shri Madhav Deva compares Shri Shri Sankardeva as Kalpataru( wish fulfilling tree) and Ram Nama as Ratna.

Kalpana Patowary Collaborates – Expanding her Musical boundaries.

Be it exploring the Purvi folk music of Bihar, reliving the legacy of the Bhikhari Thakur era, celebrating the landscapes of NorthEast India through Maa-e-Ri – a lyrical conversation with Mother Nature or embarking on a musical journey of Biraha fiesta of the Ahirs, Kalpana is traveling the world through her music and expanding musical boundaries by collaborating with a number of national and International artists.

The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon but this musical document is a rare achievement. From names like Sunidhi Chauhan (collaborated with Enrique Iglesias), Shreya Ghoshal ( collaborated with Maestro Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan), AR Rahman (recently collaborated with Rolling Stone lead singer Mick Jagger), Yo Yo Honey Singh (plans to collaborate with American rapper Sky Blu), Suhail Yusuf Khan (shared the stage in collaboration with Welsh harpist Georgia Ruth), Swarathma (recently collaborated with Lebanese band Wanton Bishops), Skyharbour (recorded a song with Megadeath guitarist Marty Friedman) and Salim-Sulaiman (remixing Enrique Iglesias' single), all seem to be expanding their musical prowess to bring something new for their audience. 

So what makes these collaborations click. “It’s interesting and exiting at the same time as it is all about breaking the conventional rules. History and Time witnessed every time who so ever speak a new thought i.e. Galileo, Socrates, Newton and many more they were threatened to death. Here if you are an artiste who deals with root music, folk music than you are many times criticized for collaboration as the conventional form is broken. Of course it’s sensitive and you should be responsible and mature enough not to chemical the genres to that limit to lose its original dignity…fusion should not lead to confusion” …says Kalpana with a mystic smile.

 “Collaboration brings along the share of fans and a wider range of audience.  It does help in expanding your audience base as when you collaborate with other artists; their audience also gets to know about you, the interest builds up which helps you expand." 

The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut is one of my best and the most notable musical collaboration not only with various respectable artists but also with a variety of primitive instruments being used in this album.
From the traditional - ancient and extinct instrument Kalia to Sarinda to the Sundari to Doba to Djembe to Kahon to the Tabla, Shehnai, percussion, electronic hand sonic, drums, beads, electric piano, Acoustic Guitar, Nakara to Nagara to Bortal to Flute, this album is a cocktail mix of different sounds,” she shared.
I kept the folk vibe of traditional Ghosha original and added a more somber touch and I tried to keep the original and earnest vocal performance of the Barpeta style from my Mother.
Kalpana shares the stories of her Collaboration and unique experience and what it means for music in the region:


The Collaboration: The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut.

The Song: Muktita

The Artist: Papon Angarag Mahanta – vocals

The Best:  Kalpana was the featured artist in the third season of Mtv@Coke Studio produced by Papon Angarag Mahanta and this duo were seen turning heads with their collaborative music in Coke Studi@Mtv with Rajastani & Assamese barpetia fagun songs.




The Collaboration : The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut.

The Song : Ami Joto Jibo

The Artist : Zubeen Garg – vocals

The Best :  The main attraction in this album is Kalpana teamed up with Zubeen Garg along with children vocals from Assam (Anuska Saikai, Dhritismita Kalita, Armit Kalita, Hansraj Saikia,Purbahna Pragalav Kayshap, Ankita Khanikar, Rishab Khanikar, Bandita Devi, Bhumika Nath, Himashree Barman, Dibyam Seal, Jivitha Seal, Arisha Sheikh, Rimisha Hussain, Chayasnigdha Nath) for the track Ami Joto Jibo which sounds very different. The Children vocals added the varied and eclectic energy with extra boost. Both Kalpana and Zubeen have their styles which can drain on listeners as melancholy and drowning, but together with the group of children they produced a prayer something which transforms into a gorgeous anthem.
   
            


The Collaboration : The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut.

The Song : Hey Prano Bondhu

The Artist : Guru Ruben Masangva – Acoustic Guitar

The Best: Hey Prano Bondhu is a track with a blend of distinct Blues influence with a modern sophisticated melody with traditional lyrics by Srimanta Madhavdeva.

The most risky song of this album, is about the longing of a human soul to merge with the infinite, says Kalpana. I always had a Blues feel to this track and I thought it would be interesting to incorporate a person who could take it that way. It took a while but with Guru Ruben’s style of playing the Guitar fell in place and it will transform you to a different world when you close your eyes listening to it.
The AssameseBhojpuri singer and the Father of Naga Blues from Manipur provide two seemingly different sides of the coin: one side mystical and dreamy, the other side more realistic. Kalpana’s collaboration with Guru Ruben in this album feels natural and just plain easy. The blues and the vocal in acoustic guitar have a lasting quality and will be recognized. Kalpana’s extensive vocal range and prowess mixed with Ruben’s signature playing and gregarious attitude toward music makes for one of the most fun and unforgettable musical collaborations.

            



The Collaboration : The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut.

The Song : Hari Namo Roxe & Muktita

The Artist : Trilok Gurtu (Germany)

The Best : Kalpana Patowary  had earlier worked  with Trilok Gurtu in an International album called MASSICAL released from BIRDjam Label, Germany and have long wanted to make music together and they finally got their chance in the Sacred Scriptures of Monikut. Trilok Gurtu has been a major inspirations in this album.   

Trilok Gurtu provided the ambient and ominous electronic beats while Kalpana renders her traditionally epic and self-referential vocals makes this track truly special. Kalpana’s melancholy ambiance provided a perfect backdrop as Trilok Gurtu forayed into the brand new territory of ambient Assamese music culture.

Trilok Gurtu  and Kalpana were just musical and this timeless classic masterpiece collaboration will always be remembered and more greatly preserved in Assam history.

She adds, "Working with Trilok Gurtu has enhanced my understanding of my own music, and opened my eyes to a variety of musical possibilities." He is ahead of times.
Trilok Gurtu, Guru Ruben Masangva, Papon, Zubeen and Kalpana Patowary comes together and fashion something seamless, beautiful and exciting, regardless of the different and diverse worlds they may come from, the result is something to be cherished and recognized for ages to come.
Now last but most importantly not any least - Sacred Scriptures of Monikut is a happy and satisfying piece of cake for me as I relish the art of creation step by step. In this project that every element comes alive whom I adored and inspired in some way…while it was on a deciding stage I was sure which way to go with this project. Here I am talking about to style the ghokha’s, I heard a lot of Native American Music, Tibetan stuff. The spiritual approach I got it right from them. YANNI and BHUPEN HAZARIKA - Sacred scriptures musical style is about following these legends. Now many may sarcastically smile, but I share the truth. I know I can’t touch their musical heights but where will all my love energies go for them…it has to transform somewhere and I think The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut is the outcome of my love for them. Many times I feel Yanni’s music is all about love and the beautiful side of our being, its serene and his music bounds me to believe…. “Yes I am a GOD particle”. Juxtaposed, Bhupen Hazarika’s social observance says a complete different story of our mankind, and he chose to speak through music again. I tried to incorporate the pain and pleasure on one note, appreciating each other.

On significance of The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut for Assam:
This album is of the highest standard ever produced in India. I don’t think that the Naam Ghosha & Kirtan Ghosha Assam has been presented in this way to the world or any other way before.

On local instruments and particular forms of folk music used:
The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut is one of my best and the most notable musical collaboration with a variety of instruments used in this album. From the traditional an ancient and extinct instrument Kalia to Sarinda to the Sundari Doba to Djembe to Kahon to the Tabla, Shehnai, percussion, electronic hand sonic, drums, beads, electric piano, Acoustic Guitar, Nakara to Nagara to Bortal to Flute, this album was a mix of different sounds,” she shared.

On what this project mean to young talents in the Northeast and India.
I believe it means a lot to hold on to your roots and present its beauty to the world. It is a matter of pride and satisfaction. This album would encourage young people who love their land and culture.

On Kalpana Patowary’s music and how it emanates from her land Assam:
I love to put Assam on the world map again and again with the love, culture, emotions and music of the land. But here focusing on rural folk music I would like to sound original folk at least from the singing point of view.

On upcoming projects:
  • Anthology of Biraha - A folk form of Utter Pradesh & Bihar. A deliberate approach to travel back in time to collect the roots of BIRHA singing style, a folk tradition of AHIRS or YADAVAS from UTTAR PRADESH to the Caribbean Islands.
I am also collaborating in a project with Mungal Patasar - one of the best-known exponents of the Sitar - a unique artist from the sister islands of Trinidad & Tobago very soon. This is sponsored by the Indian Council which wants us to make an album touring the festivals in the Trinidad next summer. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Kalpana Patowary in Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Conference at Rangali, Moran, Dibrugarh.

March 19th 2015


Kalpana Patowary performing(March 19th 2015) amongst farmers, peasants, workers and other underprivileged classes from villages in the fourth convention of Akhil Gogoi (general secretary) Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and RTI activist cultural programme in Rongali, Moran, Sibsagar, Assam.

Kalpana said, Akhil Gogoi himself called me up inviting me for this cause and praised me working and raising my voice and expressing my concern consistently on musical issues people care passionately about.

Gandhian and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare was also present to build up a strong resistance to the BJP-led government’s land acquisition policy.


@Just an OPINION please. Will Akhil Gogoi be the next ChiefMinister of Assam???



Friday, February 27, 2015

Kalpana Patowary - Integrating Indian folk music to magnificent peaks.



Integrating Indian folk music to magnificent peaks beyond the city, Kalpana Patowary, also known as the #BHOJPURI QUEEN, has definitely made a mark in the music fraternity.

The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut  is Kalpana’s first Brajavali album since she started producing music.


@The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut  #Download Links




Kalpana Potawary the queen of folk, pop music from Assam performs at NEZCCC in Dimapur, Nagaland, Northeastern State of India on Feb 20.




Kalpana Patowary – AssameseBhojpuri singer renders hymns of Assamese saint and bollywood hits during the international Spring music festival in Dimapur, Nagaland on February 20, 2015.





The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut - a collection of Brajavali Hymns.


The album “The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut”, have got on board 5 giants (Trilok Gurtu, Papon, Zubin Garg, Kalpana Patowary,Guru Rewben Mashangva,Vivek Madan) of Indian Music and the result is a new addictive “Flavor”!


Listen to the entire album here  #http://gaana.com/album/the-sacred-scriptures-of-monikut

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kalpana Patowary performing at AITIF2015 Jorhat ASSAM.


The trade fair, christened Assam International Trade and Industrial Fair is being organized by the department of industries and commerce in collaboration with the Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (Finer) at Court Field in Jorhat from February to 19th.

“The first Assam International Trade & Industrial Fair, 2015, (AITIF, 2015 JORHAT) is set to kick start on February 19. It will be a unique extravaganza of not only trade & commerce, business and technical sessions, but also of culture and harmony, music and creativity, sports and unity, and above all of awareness and a sense of positivity for all,”

The event, an initiative of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi along with the State Department of Industries & Commerce in association with the Federation of Industry & Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER) will be held in Jorhat from February 19 to 25.

Being organized by Seher, a cultural organization that aims to promote performing and visual arts in India and abroad, the evening will endeavor to present a cross section of performances by various Indian artistes, from contemporary to folk.

Beginning on 19th Feb the fair features on the first day of the event the BHOJPURI QUEEN, 
a versatile and one of the most recognizable voices in India with her band. The contemporary folk fusion acts by Kalpana Patowary were also a huge hit with the audience, and for the Bollywood lovers, Kalpana sang her songs from the film R..Rajkumar, Khatta Meetha and Aakrosh!.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi was also present among the audience here.

Venue: Court Field, Jorhat Assam.

                                              @Highlights of the cultural programs at ‪#‎AITIF2015‬
                         @Kalpana Patowary performing at AITIF2015 ASSAM on 19th February 2015







Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kalpana Patowary renders Hymns of Assamese Saint - Releases The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut.

Bhojpuri music’s poster girl Kalpana Patowary is one of the few singers to have earned mass acceptance after Papon Angarag Manta & Zubeen Garg in Assam.

The Assam-born, Bhojpuri singer returns with her best yet - her Magnum Opus musical documented album The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut” –  Brajavali Hymns (Times Music) in the 3rd edition of the Sankaradeva Movement in NCPA Mumbai this May 2014 organized by Trend MMS amidst the presence of music maestros Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Pritam, Lalit Pandit, Anup Jalota,  Gulzar Saab, Imtiaz Ali, Hariharan,  Shantanu Moitra, Resul Pookutty Zubeen Garg, Kalpana Lazmi,Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain.
                                         
The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut” is about the reformer, wandering philosopher, saint and poet Mahapurush Srimanta Shankardeva and his disciple Mahapurush Srimanta Madhavdeva from Assam.

This album is in collaboration for the first time to make some original sounds with Trilok Gurtu (Germany) - 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 @PAPON Angarag Mahanta and Zubeen Garg.

Says Kalpana, "The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut” is a genre that is melancholic in nature and the notes and progressions let me express myself dramatically. I am really happy we could showcase the works (Naam Ghosha and Kirtan Ghosha) of Mahapurush Srimanta Shankardeva and his disciple Mahapurush Srimanta Madhavdeva from Assam. I think it is a big deal. I don’t think (Naam Ghosha and Kirtan Ghosha) has been presented in this way to the world before. I believe it means a lot to hold on to your roots and present this beauty to the world. It is a matter of pride and satisfaction. This album would encourage young people who love their land and culture.
The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut is one of my best and the most notable musical collaboration not only with various respectable artists but also with a variety of primitive instruments being used in this album.
From the traditional - ancient and extinct instrument Kalia to Sarinda to the Sundari to Doba to Djembe to Kahon to the Tabla, Shehnai, percussion, electronic hand sonic, drums, beads, electric piano, Acoustic Guitar, Nakara to Nagara to Bortal to Flute, this album is  a cocktail mix of different sounds,” she shared.
I kept the folk vibe of traditional Ghosha original and added a more somber touch and I tried to keep the original and earnest vocal performance of the Barpeta style from my Mother.

The idea behind The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut” is as Kalpana refers…from where do I belong geographically, my mother tongue, my motherland….ASSAM owes me and as an artiste I have to pay back HER labour pain dues. SHE brought me up, infused traditional values, matures me up to face the outside world with dignity….the journey from Sorbhog, Barpeta to mayanagri Mumbai and then as the BHOJPURI QUEEN to rule the hearts of the heartland of India-Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut” is an Anjali (offering) from Kalpana to Assam.
Now I had to choose from where to start…there were so much of elements. Various dimensions in my singing genre, from rural folk to raunchy commercial category, from Indian classical to western jazzy blues, I explored every kind in 26 different languages. In one word I would describe my music as free, with no restriction to any cultural boundaries or genres.
My father Bipin Patowary as my Guru, taught me our folk traditions and my mother Joymati Patowary infused into me our rich spiritual singing legacies. I opted my mother as the origin of everything I believe is the mother. My mother used and still sings THE SACRED HYMNS - THE KIRTANA GHOSHA AND THE NAAM GHOSHA…in Brajavali language-the scriptural language of Assam.In fifteenth century India,when the entire country was in a midst of a great social quandary, when Tantricism in its naked form accompanied by animal sacrifices and other vices got the upper hand,when casteism was dominant and a bulk of the population was treated as outcast and untouchables, when the all-pervading God was locked inside the temple,at  that critical moment of religious crisis, many Saints arose in different parts of the country.
Ramananda, Ravidas, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Vallabhacharya, Surdas, Meera Bai, Kabir, Tulsidas, Namdev, Dnyaneshwar, Tukaram, Annamacharya,Bhadrachala Ramadas, Tyagaraja  were some of them who started a reforming movement. The Bhakti movement, a Hindu religious movement of the medieval period that promoted the belief that salvation was attainable by everyone.
In the easternmost part of the country this reforming movement was initiated by an Assamese polymath: a saint-scholar, poet, playwright, social-religious reformer and a colossal figure in the cultural and religious history of Assam, Srimanta Sankardeva . His Bhakti derived inspiration from Bhagavata-purana and the practice of its teaching blossomed in the north eastern region of India through his literary works.The media of both music and drama were powerfully employed to win over the people to the teachings of the Bhagavata and, through its numerous narratives, love and devotion for the One Supreme God were instilled in the hearts of the people. His magnum opus is The Kirtana-Ghosha, a bhakti kavya per excellence, a work so popular that even today it is found in nearly every household in Assam. It contains narrative verses glorifying Krishna , not considered to be an incarnation of God but as the primary cause of all incarnations. If Sri Sankardeva’s the Kirtana-Ghosa  is held in high esteem and respect as the main scripture by the Vaisnavites of Assam then The Naam Ghosa, composed by his principal disciple Srimanta Madhavdeva also  holds a very unique place in the devotional literature of Assam. Madhavdeva , a genius poet, an erudite scholar, a musician of excellence, a litterateur of highly creative faculty and one of the initiators of Bhakti movement was asked by Sankaradeva to write a work that would be sweet as the plum but hard as the seed within it. This is the most perfect description of the Nāam Ghosā which is such excellent poetry and at the same time such nice exposition of the philosophy of Vaisnavism as preached by Sankaradeva. It is the magnanimous achievement of Mahapurush Madhavdeva’s life where he dealt with the most prudential philosophy of Vedas and Vedanta’s.

The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut is an album that everyone with a love for gentle Assam should listen to. There’s an appealing timelessness to these songs that demonstrates Kalpana’s willingness to stay true to her musical approach regardless of current musical fads. Kalpana surely feels honoured to produce and be a part of such a humongous & prestigious project, surely giving it back to where she came from!






BIDESIA IN BAMBAI | Nominated in Best Documentary Feature Film in Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2014


Surprised nomination of Bidesia in Bambai in Asia Pacific Screen Awards....Special thanks to Surabhi Sharma. http://www.asiapacificscreenacademy.com/nomsarchive/bidesia-in-bambai/

Kalpana Patowary performs in Sonpur Mela - India's famous and Asia's largest animal fair by Bihar Tourism.


Kalpana Patowary performing in Sonpur Mela November 17,2014


Kalpana Patowary performing  in Sonpur Mela ....India's famous and Asia's largest animal fair by Bihar Tourism held on Kartik Poornima (the full moon day) in the month of November in SonepurBihar, on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak.[3] It is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela and it attracts visitors from all over Asia. Till date, it is the biggest cattle fair of Asia and stretches on from fifteen days to one month. It has its origins during ancient times. This is when Chandragupta Maurya used to buy elephants and horses across the river Ganges. The Sonepur Cattle Fair once used to attract traders from places as distant as Central Asia.



9th Bhojpuri Film Awards 2014 | Best Bhojpuri Female Singer Award.




Kalpana Patowary receives the best Best Bhojpuri Female Singer Award for the 2nd consecutive year for Bhojpuri film “Jeena Tere Gali Mein” for song “Gao Sakhi Mangal Geet Ki Aaj Karwachauth Hai” in the 9th Bhojpuri Film Awards 2014 held in Mumbai on 21st November 2014. Last year in 2013 she received this award for the film “Nagin” for song “Chhathi Mai Ke”.

@Watch the song here# 
                                 
          

Kalpana Patowary inaugurates world's first Assamese novel on master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in 28th Guwahati Book Fair 2015.



Inaugurated ‪#‎Phoenix‬ Iswar#, world's first Assamese novel about life on master blaster*** Sachin Tendulkar** on 3rd January 2015 in Guwahati Book Fair....‪#‎HONORED‬#