Saturday, September 17, 2011
Kalpana Patowary’s Bengali song “Koka Kola” from film - Faande Poriya Boga Kanande Re - a chart buster hit.
22 languages into her solo career,Kalpana Patowary remains tough to pigeonhole. Sometimes she’s soft and folky; sometimes she’s rougher and rootsy; sometimes she’s dreamy, electronic, and experimental. The lady who, “Akhomiya” is from Assam but became Bhojpuri’s first music empress. Her long and eventful musical journey has been dotted with several captivating musical memories. Kalpana booms. From Assamese to English to Hindi to Bhojpuri and then to Bengali ….the versatile and one of the best singers in India. She has got great knowledge and all the potential for different styles of singing in any Indian languages. “Able to sing any type of song in different voice uniquely in most forms of contemporary music, pop, rock, blues, jazz, soul, rap etc….. is my USP” – says the singer.
She’s sung songs in Bhojpuri, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Konkan,Kannad, Punjabi and more recently, in Bengali for the soon to be released film Faande Poriya Boga Kanande Re . This is one language Kalpana loves to sing for. The much talked about Bengali item song “Koka Kola” sung by Kalpana Patowary has taken everyone aback. The movie has being produced by Shree Venkatesh Films, music direction by Jeet Ganguly & Samidh Mukerjee and releasing this year. Koka Kola is generating ample curiosity, among fans and music lovers, there’s no denying this. Koka Kola, with all its pomp and pizzazz, is a thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack. It's grand. It's great. It's, well, give it a shot. The moment Kalpana Patowary goes 'Koka Kola' in this namesake opening number, you know that this song has become Bengal’s popular number in the offing here. A fun celebration track with a naughty appeal to it, this track is instantly catchy and makes one tap feet along with it.'Koka Kola' is the kind of song that can well be expected to be a live wire and makes one head for the dance floor. The Bollywood flavor is kept intact around as well but the song's repetition ensures that one can't get it off once the song is through and finds a repeat hearing all over again.This item song is the highlight of the film.The song truly keeps the spirit alive with lyrics that say 'KOKA KOLA!’.This song has been rocking the charts with turning out to be chartbusters.
I feel blessed to have been born in a country that speaks so many different languages and dialects. Languages have always been my strong point. Even while I was growing up, they were my strong subjects. Also because I grew up in Guwahati, my medium of teaching in school was Assamese. Hindi was taught only in Class IV, V & VI with English being compulsory subjects.Later I opted for English in higher standards and I spoke Assamese at home. Bengali was never a subject in school and I had no Bengali neighbors at my native place. Even in Mumbai, diction was a problem at first being from Assam. Pronunciation of a Hindi song became a big problem but by Gods grace I proved myself in the Bhojpuri language which is even more problematic.That's what worked in my favor. I am one of the few luckiest artists who get invited to Kashmir as well as to Kanyakumari, from Gujarat to Assam, only because I sing in so many different languages.I have sung in Dongri, Kannad, Telegu, Marathi, Garo, Assamese, Bhojpuri, Maithali, Angika, Awadhi, Rajasthani, Gujrati and many more languages.Language is beautiful and I love languages. It’s a pleasure to sing in a different language,” she says.