MUMBAI : Kalpana Patowary wins the 8th Bhojpuri Film Awards 2013, Lucknow, for Best Bhojpuri female playback singer for the song “Chhathi Mai Ke” film Nagin directed by Raj Kumar Pandey, music by Rajesh – Rajnish and lyrics by Pyarelal Yadav, Bipin Bahaar with star cast of
The awards held in Lucknow on 16th Nov 2013 is constituted by the Bhojpuri Film and TV Welfare Association which began in 2005 aimed at felicitating those artistes who had contributed to the Bhojpuri films in various categories like Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film, Best Director, Best Singer.
This is Kalpana Patowary’s another award in the Best Bhojpuri playback singer category in Bhojpuri Film Award. She won this award in 2008 in the - 3rd Bhojpuri film award held in Goregoan Sports complex, Andheri, Mumbai.Her Bhojpuri chhath song "Saiya Chali Aawa Karat Bani Chhath" from album "Aage Bilaiyya Peechhe Chhati Maiya" was also nominated as the Best song in folk Category in Big star IMA Awards - 11 March 2011, Mumbai.
"Totally unexpected," comes the dulcet voice over the phone when Kalpana Patowary is congratulated for winning the award. 2013 is a year of celebration for me.”The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur” released from a London based music label EMI/Virgin Records is nominated this year in the BestFolkAlbum category in Global Indian Music Academy Awards (GIMA 2013) and I never thought I would get an award for a Chhath song. I must thank director Rajkumar Pandey for giving me such a lovely song and helping me do justice to it," Kalpana says, I wish all films wouldn’t need item songs to sell’ I wish women in films would have better roles than just item dancers and ordinary lovers to play. I agree that it is changing with films like Pyar Mohabbat Zindabad, directed,lyrics & music by Vinay Bihari.
Kalpana is a household name in UP-Bihar and this award has made her the queen of charts in Bhojpuri music. Language is no barrier for this 36-year-old who has sung in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam in addition to her mother tongue, Assamese. What is special is the way Kalpana manages to get the right enunciation and expression in all the languages.
"Oh, I have a special way of writing the lyrics when it is dictated to me. No matter what the language of the song, even if it is Assamese, I write it in Hindi. I have certain notations and markings to indicate the way it should be pronounced. I feel the Devanagari script is the closest to the phonetics of the language. English alphabets are not very good for that purpose. Moreover, I listen carefully and try to grasp as much as possible when the lyrics are read to me," she says. Kalpana adds that she also requests the music director or the person in charge of the recording to explain the situation in which the song is sung. That, she feels, is what helps her give each song of hers that punch and evocative way of rendering. "They explain the way the antara or the mukhda would be shot and the scenes for which the song would be played," says Kalpana.
After having worked with almost all the top directors in Bhojpuri world, Kalpana feels that the chance of working with such a wide range of directors is one of the biggest advantages of being a playback singer.
A special judge in almost all the prestigious talent hunts series of Mahua Tv ie (Sur Sangram 1, Sur Sangram 2, Nehle Pe Dehla, Suron Ka Maha Sangram and Sur Sangram 3), Kalpana avers that such shows have given many a talented singer a platform to showcase their talent and to capture the imagination of a global audience.
"These shows have opened a world of opportunities for so many singers. Somewhere, someone might be listening and give the singer the right break. Earlier, they used to be a big gap between the top rung singers and the others. It was not because they were less talented; it was just luck. But now the gap has narrowed thanks to reality shows. Many of the singers who have come up through the shows are busy singers who earn well and are stars in their own right," she says.
Kalpana couldn’t be present at the awards show, but she sent across a message in which she thanked all who made it possible.
Heartiest congratulations to Kalpana Patowary & HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014.