Kalpana Patowary

Kalpana Patowary


“I’ve taken interesting aspects of different religions and cultures, seen what is useful. There’s a beauty in this”

Kalpana Patowary is a multilingual Indian playback and folk singer from Assam prominently known as ‘Bhojpuri Queen’. She is a disciple of Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan and has been influenced by the bard of Brahmaputra, Bhupen Hazarika.

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, an accomplished folk singer himself, Patowary has an impressive five-octave range and has mastered many forms of Bhojpuri folk music. Although she has many folk and popular songs to her credit, Bhojpuri music is where her heart lies. Patowary is the first woman to record and sing in the Chhaprahiya Purvi style. Her approach towards singing is bold and carefree and that’s what makes her music unique. She had also composed and sung "Tiranga Pyara" a motivational song dedicated to Team India at the Commanwealth Games 2018 in Australia.

She is also active in promoting music as a part of education curriculum in India.