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Papon- Sanju

Angarag Mahanta, familiar as Papon, his stagename, is an Indian playback singer, songwriter and record producer from Assam. He is the lead singer and founder of the folk-fusion band called Papon and The East India Company. He had his initial training in Indian Classical, devotional (Borgeet) and folk music. Though he learnt vocals primarily but also plays the khol, tabla, guitar, and harmonium. His music covers genres such as ambient electronic, acoustic folk and new-age Indian classical music and it has been identified as having traces of pentatonic Mongoloid notes, local river song influences and ghazals. Although his first language is Assamese he also sings in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Marathi, Mishing and Bengali. His 2018 song “Baba Bolta Hain Bas Ho Gaya”, from the movie Sanju, comments on differences between the real Sanju and the “reel” Sanju.

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