“Young singers should be encouraged”, says singer Papon


A well known singer Papon has always been appreciated by the bollywood industry for his  famous songs like 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage' from the movie ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha', “Jiyein Kyu”, “Humnava”, 'Kyon' in 'Barfi' and now 'Bulleya' in ‘Sultan’ .

Papon feels that the songs have become such a passion for the young singers in the country. He has grown up listening to the songs of Hemant and Kishore Kumar.

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According to Papon,” his songs are an eclectic mix of folk and classical. He also has a passion for Western music and his folk-fusion band East India Company bears testimony to this.”

Son of popular Assamese folk artist Khagen Mahanta, Papon says that, “For an artist training is a lifelong process and it goes beyond the technical aspect. My father used to send me to buy groceries so that I could understand the daily life of a common man. He brought these experiences to bear on his singing which are reflected in his voice when he sings for a character.”

Papon feels that, “The song that he had sung in movie 'Sultan' was a sufi number but it didn't get the desired traction as it should have.”

"Not really. I am not intimidated by the increasing number of singers in the industry. Young singers should be encouraged. The only fear I have is that if you record a song, there is no guarantee that your voice will be retained,'' says the singer.

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