The Bhojpuri Queen Kalpana was bestowed the Bhikhari Thakur Samman by the Union Minister of Tourism Mr. Sultan Ahmed in the 1st Bhikhari Thakur Festival hoisted jointly by WAJA – Writers and Journalist Association of India and Vishwa Bhojpuri U-Than Kalyan Samaj in the pious city of Kolkata on 15th March 2011.
This Assamese girl Kalpana is a breakthrough in Bhojpuri music and has carved herself a special niche in the Bhojpuri music world credited with reviving and promoting the Bhojpuri music industry all over the world and bringing back traditional forms of music to the International stage. Indian folk music particularly of Northern India has been showcased and revived by Kalpana in a big way.
Kalpana brings the original vibrancy and richness of the Bhikhari Thakur folk forms to the World wide so that people from the world over can experience the originality and richness of Bhojpuri music.
Says Kalpana, there is no recorded songs on Bhikhari Thakur till date and The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur will be the first rare one releasing from TIMES MUSIC.
This album will give a chance to uncover the unique flavor of Bhikhari Thakur and listen to the unadulterated voice of Kalpana piercing right through to your soul.
Says Kalpana,how inspired I am by Bhikhari Thakur’s life, how the legend has shaped the future of Bhojpuri music.
Bhikhari Thakur songs are rich in imagery and heavy in Bhojpuri dialect.
This new album on Bhikhari Thakur will be a true benchmark in the annals of Bhojpuri Music Industry and will set new standards for Bhojpuri music. This album has something that’s not easily done; introducing a new genre of music to the people and having them accept it without hesitation.
As a singer, she has been recognized with Bhikhari Thakur Samman in Jamshedpur, Swar Kokila, Swar Samragee , Bhojpuri Swar Mallika, Bhojpuri Sewa Samman, Bhojpuri Sangam Samman, Panchamrit Samman, Atkrista Gayak Samman, The Bhojpuri Queen to name a few.
Recently Kalpana’s song Aila Re Aila from film Khatta Meetha has been nominated for the BEST ITEM SONG CATEGORY OF THE YEAR at Radio Mirchi’s 98.3 FM’s – 3rdUninor Mirchi Music Awards held on 27th of January 2011 at the Bandra Kurla Complex.
Her Chhath song “”Saiya Chali Aawa Karat Bani Chhath”” from Chhath album “Aage Bilaiyya Peechhe Chhati Maiya” is nominated for best song in folk category in BIG STAR IMA AWARDS held in 11th March 2011 in Mumbai.

Popular Bhojpuri singer Kalpana has got four nominations for awards in the biggest music award function “BIG I am a Star Award”. She has been nominated in four categories under Folk Music section for her Chhatha based music album “Aage Bilaiya Pichhe Chhathi Maiya”. The award function will be held on 11th March in Mumbai. The jury includes personalities like Javed Akhtar and to get four nominations to such a prestigious function is certainly something to be proud of. This is also a first time when a Bhojpuri album has been included in nomination for these awards. Kalpana has recently sang the songs of Hindi films like “Khatta Mitha” of Akshay Kumar, and “Aakrosh” by Ajay Devgan and her songs have become very popular.

(Source – Shashikant Singh)

Famous Bhojpuri Singer Baleshwar took Bhojpuri singing to its peak in those days when Bhojpuri was not a salable item. Starting as a village singer Baleshwar had to leave his village because of his habit or composing lyrics on village events and singing them. Born in Badanpur village of Mau, Baleshwar moved to Chchaipar. He was then asked by Vishnu Dev Gupta of Socialist party for his election campaign. Later Communist party candidate Jharkhande Rai took him to Ghosi for his election campaign. When Jharkhande Rai won the elections he brought Baleshwar to Lucknow. Lucknow is an Awadhi language area and no one there was then willing to listen Baleshwar. After a long period of struggle and failures he was later selected as a singer on Akashvani. This was a turning point and many people came forward to support him. HMV released two audio records of Baleshwar in 1979 and these records received sensational success. Baleshwar then became the Bhojpuri’s Master Voice and started stage shows in far off places where no Bhojpuri singer had gone before. He travelled to far off countries as well and took Bhojpuri singer to the height it deserves.

Anjoria has presented a biographical essay on Baleshwar written by his friend Dayanad Pandey. One should read it to know Baleshwar in a better way.

Born on 1 Jan. 1942 Baleshwar was suffering from diabetes which proved to be his nemesis on 9th Jan 2011 at a Lucknow Hospital. He left behind his wife, three sons, and daughter-in-laws.