Angaraag Mahanta better known as Papon, is a well-known musician from Assam. Born into a musical family, his father is Khagen Mahanta (King of Bihu) and mother Archana Mahanta (fellow folk singer). A seven-part documentary series, Hometown Heroes sees the Red Bull Tour Bus take Papon back to Northeast India, travelling through various cities of the region, meeting old friends, family and introducing fans to a side of his life that, remains largely unexplored. The series will air on Redbull website this month.
Through tales retold and places revisited, each chapter of Hometown Heroes delves into a different aspect of his life – his relationship with his father and the impact the legendary musician’s music and legacy had on him growing up, to the breath-taking landscapes of his hometown, moving to Delhi and living as a student and finally to making it big as a musician.
Through old friends and school teachers, and family and fellow musicians, Hometown Heroes recounts the journey of a figure, with little-known anecdotes and stories worth their weight in gold.
From spending his childhood listening to music in makeshift tree houses or climbing hills and getting scraped knees in the bargain, to building a career and name for himself in the industry, the series takes a look at the experiences, the moments and the people who have shaped the life of one of India’s famed musicians.