Papon-Angarag Mahanta, known by his stagename Papon, is an Indian playback singer from Assam. Papon also worked as singer-songwriter and music director in assam films. Papon known for his voice range, he performed with his folk & classical mixed up voice. He is the lead singer and founder of the folk-fusion band called Papon and The East India Company.
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and singer has become one of the most recognizable-and-sought-after voices in India. While rooted in folk, Papon has a wide variety of influences and considered to be an extremely versatile artist.
Papon was born to a set of brilliant musicians of Assam and was introduced to music and its intricacies at a very early age. His mother ARCHANA MAHANTA and father Late KHAGEN MAHANTA were two very popular and respected musicians of the region.
Coming from a musically attuned family, Music has always been in his blood. His inspirations came from the wide array of sound that he has been exposed to – i.e. from the traditional Folk songs of Eastern India to Ghazals to new-age Electronica.
His initial training has been in Indian classical and traditional music (devotional and folk) from Assam. His innovative experiments are rich with ambient electronica, acoustic folk, electro ghazals to classical sounds. Blessed with a voice that’s smooth and soulful at the same time, Papon has managed to carve a niche for himself as a versatile singer and composer. He can easily switch from folk music to ghazals to electronica and it’s no surprise that he’s a name to reckon with in the music scene in India.
Angarag Mahanta, known by his stagename Papon, is an Indian playback singer from Assam. Papon also worked as singer-songwriter and music director in Assamese films. He is the lead singer and founder of the folk-fusion band Papon and The East India Company.
Papon was born in Guwahati, Assam to the Assamese folk singers Khagen Mahanta and Archana Mahanta. He has spent most of his childhood in Assam. He was introduced to music early on in his childhood. His father, Khagen Mahanta, died on 12 June 2014.
He now lives in Mumbai with his wife Shweta Mishra Mahanta. They have two children.
Papon`s long-standing collaboration with pioneering producers Midival Punditz have led to songs he`s co-composed like Har Ek Baat and Naina Laagey finding their way to Bollywood film soundtracks like Soundtrack. Papon has collaborated with renowned composer-multi instrumentalist Karsh Kale on the track Absence for his fifth studio album Cinema. With Sushmit Sen he has collaborated on the track The Voyage on his first solo album Depths of The Ocean. Papon also has collaborated with percussionist Bickram Ghosh and rising Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, over a project called Troikala rooted in contemporary folk and an initiative of The British Council; they`ve performed across the country and in the UK and will soon release an album.