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.