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Meet the wonderfully talented and opentotheworld musician Papon and his new band The East India Comp

Its the annual night of the Assamese Students Association of Delhi in late 2007 and the highlight of the evening is the performance of Angaraag Mahanta aka Papon The entire hall is throbbing with anticipation and breaks into a roar when his name is announced and the longhaired handsome Assamese lad with a disarming smile takes the mike He breaks right into a soulful number from his brooding moodevoking album in Assamese Jonaki Raati 2004 and the audience is stilled into breathless silence This is his home crowd and they love him His band members may include a German with a gamcha wrapped round his head who will later break into some insane Bihu dance moves and Papon may go on to sing some Hindi and some Urdu songs but the Assamese know that his heart is AssameseThis is the hallmark of this young and incredibly talented musician his musical world knows no boundaries and borrows freely from a variety of traditions and sources from Assamese devotional to electronica as his website says from Miles Davis to Frank Zappa even as the hills of Assam are never too far away from his horizon In some sense thats a typical North Eastern upbringing for you but Papon has the additional advantage of having in his parents two of the bestknown singers in Assam Archana and Khagen Mahanta who introduced him to Hindustani classical vocal and instrumental music from a young age Asked when he first became interested in music he audaciously replies Even before I was born Since my parents were into music and were singers music was with me since childhood I really dont know when did it beginAssamese folk is the fulcrum of his musical repertoire He says My dad is a folk artist from Assam he is one of the formost representatives of folk music in Assam I was bombarded with traditional music Folk music traditional music teagarden music all that came to me And as my mom is into Hindustani classical I was introduced to ghazals through that So at a very interesting age without even understanding Hindi I was hooked on to it Then obviously soft rock jazz and electronic later One solo album down and several superhit Bihu and other Assamese songs later he is ready to go on the road with his band cheekily called East India Company Bringing together people from different musical traditions Papon calls EICs music genre free because all five of us come from different starting points The band includes Kirti tabla and folk instruments Dipu bass Brin an engineer into electronica Krishna guitarist and PaponPapon is based in Delhi where he owns a small studio called Purple Harmoniks in nondescript Mayur Vihar where lots of his friends hang out where he welcomes music lovers and if he really likes you cooks you good Assamese food In the middle of the polluted and aggressive madness of Delhi this dreamy Assamese lad still manages to retain his idyllic sense of nature Asked about he influences behind his first album Jonaki Raati he says Nature has been a big influence You can say my entire journey till the album got released Since its my first album every influence came in to making of.

Love Papon

@ Singer | Posted 05 Jul, 2019 | Others