Popular Bhojpuri singer Kalpana Patowary will pay tribute to iconic filmmaker Satyajit Ray in the upcoming Bengali film ‘Har Har Byomkesh’. Kalpana, known as Bhojpuri Queen and hails from Assam, said she would be singing a bhajan in ‘Har Har Byomkesh’, which would recreate a scene from Ray’s movie on detective Byomkesh Bakshi titled ‘Chirikhana’.
Kalpana affirmed that she is very excited and “on cloud nine” to be part of ‘Har Har Byomkesh’, a Bengali mystery thriller directed by Arindam Sil and produced by Shree Venkatesh Films.
The song, she said, would be shot in Varanasi.
The artiste, who has acquired cult status in northern India and lent her voice for ‘Gandi Baat’ in ‘R..Rajkumar’, is happy to be a part of a Bengali film for the first time.
“I got a call from veteran actress Jaya Seal from Assam/Kolkata and she spoke of this film where her percussionist husband Bickram Ghosh is doing the music and there is one sequence where the director wants me to act too.
“I was a little confused when didi (Jaya) spoke about the acting part. When I spoke to Bickram Ghosh I came to know that Arindam Sil, the director of Bengali films ‘Aborto’, ‘Ebar Shabor’ is directing the film”, she said.
Sil, she said, had watched her in MTV Coke Studio singing Birha and had spoken to Ghosh about her.
“I will record the song with Bickram Ghosh in Kolkata and then go to Varanasi for the shoot. I am more than excited to be a part of the tribute to Satyajit Ray.”
She said the film is based on fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshi created by Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. Adil Hussain, Abir Chatterjee and Nusrat Jahan would play the lead roles.
Shinjini Kulkarni, granddaughter of Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj, will do a mujra act in this film, she said.
The versatile singer has sung in 22 languages, including Bhojpuri, Assamese, Hindi, Marathi Bengali and English, in her solo musical journey.
She is at present gearing up for the October Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2015. “Once again I’ll be seen with guitarist/composer Dhruv Ghanekar’s new band Dhruv Voyage in the festival where over 100 artistes, including A R Rahman, Mark Ronson, Megadeth and Rodrigoy Gabriella, will perform on five different stages.