The earthy tunes of Papon’s music is rooted in the soil of Assam, enriched by the fragrance of the hewali flowers and the rhythmic patterns of the red river Brahmaputra, all speak of a life beyond the far madding crowd. You almost feel like leaving it all and heading home, to the quiet beauty of Assam’s hills and valleys. The son of legendary folk singers Khagen Mahanta and Archana Mahanta, Papon was naturally brought up in an environment steeped in music; his father also instilled in him an endearing love for all things natural.
He is also a singer whose music though rooted, appeals to everyone irrespective of race, culture and ethnicity; his mellifluous soulful voice clamours for peace and harmony, cooperation and solidarity breaking barriers of class, caste, culture and geography.
He is not only a youth icon, a singer who is bestowed with enormous potential to rule the heart of millions, but also a sensitive soul who has left no stone unturned for the wider visibility of Assamese culture and folk music on a global platform. The ability to fuse eastern assets with western ethos in the realm of music in a harmonious fashion has provided a distinct identity to Papon’s music. In a nutshell, Papon represents the fine synthesis between modern sensibility and richness of the indigenous traditions.
Morning shows the day. His first album Jonaki Raati proved his originality and creative potential. His other albums Sinaki Osinaki, Niyoror Godhuli, Dhulir Akax, Gomcheng, Gaan, Phagunor Gaan, Kirili, The Story So Far etc are replete with the emotions of a warm heart and mild melancholy of a day-dreamer. Most of his songs exhibit the beauty of Assam’s natural landscape and a sense of optimism.
It goes without saying that Papon has many awards and achievements to his credit. The most significant though has to be his pairing up with Coke Studio and delivering songs that have silenced his worst critics. Not averse to taking risks, Papon has tried his hand at all genres of music ranging from electronic fusion, Indian/Assamese classical, Indian/ Assamese folk, acoustic folk, playback singing, jazz and ghazals to mention a few. This ability to take risks and experimentation makes him a true new-age musician.