The craze around singer and composer Papon in Assam is quite astounding. But he enjoys almost an equal fan following in other parts of the country too, courtesy his hit Bollywood songs. From ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ to ‘Jiye Kyun’, Papon has given Bollywood some of the most romantic tracks. But the 41-year-old Assamese singer revealed that Bollywood happened accidentally to him.
The singer, who has given a handful of great songs to Bollywood, said that switching his language from Assamese to Hindi for the film industry has not been much of a challenge for him. “If you are an artiste, singing in different languages is not too difficult for you. I have not only sung in Assamese and Hindi, but also in Tamil. And I think I have done a good job,” he said at Mind Rocks Guwahati 2017.
However, he added that working in Bollywood was a different experience for him. “Bollywood is professional and more competitive. You get to learn a lot when you are working in Hindi film industry,” he added.
Most of the singers have their favourite composers, but Papon said that it is difficult for him to name one. “I love Vishal-Shekar as well as Pritam. It is hard to name one composer,” he said.
Papon is also one of the few singers who tries to strike a balance between Bollywood songs as well as his singles. And he says the biggest reason behind is that he does not give into the rat race easily.
At the same time, he attributed his success to his late father Khagen Mahanta. He said that people draw comparison between his father and him all the time, but he is glad that he was introduced to music by his father. “Because of living with him, my entire life was spent in his greenroom. My father was a great performer and a musician.”