Kalpana Patowary has earned an intense reputation by singing Bhojpuri songs and for being instrumental in uplifting this typical folk song of India into a global platform and she has introduced these songs of rural India to the music lovers of the whole world. Hence, she is rightfully called as “Bhojpuri Queen” by her numerous fans and followers all over the world.

Kalpana is actually an Assamese by birth. Being the daughter of famous Assamese folk singer Bipin Chandra Nath, she was naturally talanted. She was born and brought up in Assam and graduated in English Literature from Cotton College in Assam. Due to her hearty love for music, she became the disciple of the renowned classical singer Ustad Gulam Mustafa Khan. But her love of folk songs was mostly inspired by the example of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bhupen Hazarika, born on September 8, 1926, was a >> Read More... , who was known as the “Bard of Assam”.

Later on, she completed the ‘Visharad’ course in the vocal stream of Indian Classical music, from Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth in Lucknow, on 1996. But she was already singing regularly in All India Radio, Assam and in Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati from 1992. Her real musical journey started from 2001, when she stepped in Mumbai and started singing songs in different other languages. Now she is credited with more than 7000 songs in 23 different languages, including Assamese, Hindi, Bhojpuri and even English. 

Her first Bhojpuri music album ‘Gawanwa Leja Rajaji’ was released in 2003 and was instantly loved by the public and became the best-seller of that year. Thereafter, she has sung for more than 10 Bhojpuri albums and all these songs have become highly popular. She has also sung playback songs in more than 400 Bhojpuri films till date. She has received plenty of awards and recognitions for her great contributions in the music of various Indian languages.
Jaswinder Singh Hindi Actor

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh is a well-known Ghazal singer, who was born in Mumbai, India to Kuldip Singh, a famous music director for Hindi movies, who composed Ghazals like Itni Shakti Hame De Na Daata. He is also a classical singer, trained under Dr Sushila Pohankar and the Indian classical vocalist, Maestro Pandit Ajay Pohankar. Jaswinder was initially trained by his father and later by Indian Ghazal singer and musician, Jagjit Singh. He also obtained formal education from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Jaswinder performed Ghazals of well-known poets like Daag, Jigar, Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Kaifi Azmi. His family shares a close bond with the late Ghazal singer, Jagjit Singh, who has been his guru in his initial years. Jagjit helped him in shaping his style in singing and composing. In the year 2001, Jagjit introduced him to the world of Ghazal through his debut album, Aage Aage Dekhiye. He also performed along with his favorite guru (Jagjit) on stage during the latter’s UK concert in the year 2001. Jaswinder was selected to sing for Kaifi Aur Main, a stage play that depicts the life and times of the notable poet and lyricist Kaifi Azmi. The play features real-life couple Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi. The cast shared an interesting story from the life of Kaifi Sahib, a revolutionary poet. He lends his voice to some of the outstanding Ghazals, and Kaifi Saheb wrote the songs. He also made a performance in the conceptual show, Ghalibnaama, which is based on the poetry and writing style of Mirza Ghalib. He performed the song entitled Bahut Yaad Aate Ho Tum in Satyamev Jayate, a television talk show created by Aamir Khan in July 2012. He has toured all over the country and in countries like Singapore, UK, Australia, Canada, Dubai, Malaysia and Muscat and performed in more than five hundred live concerts. He was awarded ‘The Young Ghazal Maestro’ by the Indian Music Academy, which was presented by Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Jaswinder’s music album entitled Saregama HMV launched Ishq Nahin Asaan. He also released the music albums, Dilkash and Yours Truly earlier, by Tips Music, which proves that he is a successor of prominent Ghazal singers, Jagjit Singh and Pankaj Udhas. Jaswinder is known for doing foot-tapping songs and some Sufi, which he usually done at the end of his shows to make the evening more entertaining. In 2013, he sang for A.R. Rahman in the romantic drama film, Raanjhanaa. He has been invited in several special events including the 24th Sulaiman Khateeb Memorial function and the memorial concert of the late Jagjit Singh. He had an interview with TV Asia’s Face to Face.


Kavita Seth

Kavita Seth is a Hindi playback singer born in Uttar Pradesh. She was born on September 14, 1970. The singer even lends her voice in Ghazals and Sufi music. She was a disciple of Ustad Ahmed Ali Khan. She started her career by performing on All India Radio and Doordarshan. Kavitha Seth drew inspiration from works of Sufi poets and singer. Also, she has rendered many compositions and her voice often blends in the Sufi culture of the Indian subcontinent. In popular film songs, she won acclaim for the song of Iktara, which is from the movie Wake Up Sid and Tum Hi Bandhu from the film Cocktail. Kavita has recorded several albums of her own for Times Music, Sa Re Ga Ma companies too. She has even won best playback singer in Filmfare for her song ‘Gunja Sa Ik Tara’ in movie ‘Wake Up Sid’ in 2009 and Star Screen Award for best female playback. Many composers have requested her to sing item songs in many movies, but she has been refusing to lend her voices thinking that she is not meant for those kinds of songs. She did not acquire the mindset to accept Western Music but later she did pick up the Western Music style in a formidable way. Her main preference in Indian music is that a song must have a good lyrics to render a soulful song. Before making her debut as a professional singer, she used to perform in public shows and musical concerts. Once she became a noted playback singer, she had performed at live shows in London, Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm and other places across the world. While performing in an international music concert held in Delhi, she was noted by Satish Kaushik, who introduced her to the world of playback singing in the film industry. She got her first break in film ‘Vaada’. Later she got to sing even in Anurag Basu’s film ‘Gangster’ (2006), ‘Raajneeti’(2010) and ‘Yeh Mera India’(2008).   Though, as a singer she has not done many playbacks singing for movies.  She has concentrated more on her Sufi style of singing and penetrated the musical album world ina worthy manner.  

Kavita Seth Hindi Actress