Kalpana Patowary

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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 participated in the reality show Junoon – Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka (2008) on NDTV Imagine. Although she has many folk and popular songs to her credit, Bhojpuri music has been her most dedicated foray. Patowary was born on 27 October 1978 in Barpeta district in Assam. 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. She sings many forms of Bhojpuri folk music including Purvi, Pachra, Kajri, Sohar, Vivaah geet, Chaita, and Nautanki. Patowary has worked extensively on the works of Bhikhari Thakur and has released an album commemorating his life and work. Patowary is the first Bhojpuri singer to present an age old tradition of Khadi Birha tradition to international platforms.

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