Monday, 1 August 2011

'As if I was corrupting the industry...' Kalpana Patowary

Bonding with the Bihari…

Bhojpurias are very egoistic and everyone thinks he is beyond criticism. At the same time the same person enjoys criticizing others. In a popular Bhojpuri reality show Sur-Sangram shown over Mahuaa TV channel had an exchange between two stalwarts of Bhojpuri Music. This lead to a chain of events ultimately casting a dark shadow on the channel and the society as well.

Bharat Sharma, a popular Bhojpuri singer of yore, was called as a special judge on the sets of Sur-Sangram, and was sitting between two permanent judges of the show – Malini Awasthi and Kalpana. Eight fresh contestants were introduced in that episode to challange the finalists, one each from U.P. and Bihar. To be honest, this was an immoral act on the part of the channel to take benefit of the increasing popularity of the show by extending the number of episodes. ANd ,naturally the permanent judges wanted to know from the contestants what special they have to challange the finalists. There was nothing wrong in it but Bharat Sharma opposed them and interrupted Kalpana not to do so. In reply Kalpana asked back, Is the contestant your relative? Every was stunned by her frank and fearless reply not falling in undue awe of a senior like Bharat Sharma, who is called Bhojpuri Samrat by his fans.

Matter should have been dropped by both the parties as the show ended but no. One of the party got so humiliated that his cronies took matter in their hands and started criticisng Kalpana branding her as a small time singer who does not know Bhojpuri culture and does not honour Bhojpuria stalwarts. Many things are being said against her. Many organisation are taking the benefit of this incident to come in the news. Even the parties involved seem to enjoy the cacophony saying it just a show business and any news is good news as long as it keeps them in the news. Bharat Sharma should haveebehaved like a senior but no, he appears in no mood to forgive Kalpana for her temerity to speak against him.
In the mean time another sequence was underway. The show was initailly planned for 35 episodes and so were the judges, the anchor, and the sponsor were contracted. Kalpana had other pre-arranged engagements, so she declined to extend her contract. So did the sponsor who refused to dole out more money and claimed to be the sponsor till final contest of the Sur-Sangram without paying any extra money as the serial has been extended without reason. The channel got another sponsor and wanted to run the show as usual. Manoj Tiwari was against it so he too declined to anchor the show. After a marathon meeting he was made to accept his new role as a judge in the show in place of Kalpana and now Ravi Kishan will anchor the show in place of Manoj Tiwari. Kalpana' no show in extended episodes is now cited by the cronies of Bharat Sharma as their win as they were demanding ousting of Kalpana.
This whole episode reconfirms that Bhojpurias dont take criticism in good spirit. A new group of Bhojpuri extremists is trying to take over the Bhojpuri as their person feedom and wants to silence every other voice which dares to oppose them. This new trend has to be nipped in the bud for the betterment of Bhojpuri culture and language otherwise these fundamentalists will take over and that will cause doom of everything related with Bhojpuri.

1 comment:

  1. Kalpan i completly agree with you that what kind of criticism you are getting and how your handling it ..and last but not the least if no one stands back to support for making our culture more bright and giving it a right place .. i will be there supporting for you .. am not afraid of any one no matter if anything goes wrong i know there many people who dont want see anyone growing up or making our future bright and confidence ..i wonder that you are struggling very hard to make the legacy of bhojpuri and bhikari thakur ..even i know that how hard your efforts are that being a Assame lady you speak bhojpuri so well and trying to make it better and best ....NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE .......todays ther are many top singers fro m U.P and BIHAR and ther also many ambasaddor from these places but no one comes forward to help each other but you made a start for it ...a great applause to you.. let me tell you about me that my name is niraj gupta my family belongs from DEoria (gorakhpur) but i am here in mumbai with my family from my childhood ...and now after completing my 12 th i left my stuides and working in a international call center ..and my father is fruit seller in mumbai but ...ther is something which is forcing me to do about our culture and religion to givea right direction i see how people are undercovered and dont want to protest for there rights coz they are scared for there lives and family ...and my dream is to take out that scaryness ...i do need support for tht....and looking to place mega event for that but dont know that how it will be possible .....if it is possible for you to make me a part of your efforts pls let me know my email addres is mata di...