Friday, August 30, 2013

Fusion in naam, kirtan ‘goxha’ soon.

Kalpana Patowary with children of North East in studio for
her album The Sacred Scriptures of Monikut.

GUWAHATI: Her voice has enthralled many. Now, she wants to present Vaisnavite hymns from 'Kirtan Goxha' and 'Naam Goxha' and Srimanta Sankaradeva's philosophy of Eksarana Dharma to a global audience by rendering them in fusion music with the help of an eclectic team of musicians and singers. 

Kalpana Patowary, the uncrowned queen of Bhojpuri music, is working on a project based on the Brajavali language, which was used by the Vaishnavite saint. The ensemble team includes internationally renowned percussionist Trilok Gurtu, master folklorist-cum-musician Guru Rewben Mashangva and singing sensations from the state, Papon and Zubeen Garg. 
Kalpana Patowary in Studio with children.

While retaining their originality, a hymn from 'Kirtan Goxha' and six hymns from 'Naam Goxha' will be infused with fusion and blues. Two hymns — 'Hari Namo Rasha' and 'Muktito Nrispriho' — from 'Naam Goxha' have been designed by Gurtu and recorded in the Brajavali language. 'Hey Prano Bandhu Krishno' from Naam Goxha has been designed by Mashangva in a blues style. 

"I had collaborated with Gurtu, during which he showed interest in traditional Assamese music, especially hymns, which he called mystic music. I was cut off from my Assamese roots for some time. I wanted to work on the traditional music of Assam and what could be more beautiful than 'Naam Goxha' and 'Kirtan Goxha'," said Patowary. 
"I have sung the songs in Brajvali, the language in which the hymns were sung 500 years ago. The singing style varies and I have incorporated a Barpetiya tone. I have retained the essence of the hymns as they're sung in village naamghars. Their authenticity shouldn't be lost. I have been working on this project for the last one-and-a-half years," said Patowary. 
I was cut off from my roots for some time. I wanted to work on the traditional music of Assam and what could be more beautiful than 'Naam Goxha' and 'Kirtan Goxha'.All programmings are done by Roop Mahanta.

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