Papon was born to a set of brilliant musicians of Assam and was introduced to music and its intricacies at a very early age. His mother Archana Mahanta and father Late Khagen Mahanta were two very popular and respected musicians of the region. Coming from a musically attuned family, Music has always been in his blood. His inspirations came from the wide array of sound that he has been exposed to – i.e. from the traditional Folk songs of Eastern India to Ghazals to new-age Electronica. Asked what he thinks about folk music being for the masses or not, he says “Folk Music is of the masses. It has come from the masses, it is made from the stories stories and the tales they tell, it is for the people. In fact, I find it easier to take folk music to the people and remind them that these are actually their songs”. Few people have as deep an understanding about folk as Angarag ‘Papon’ Mahanta and maybe this is what makes him one of the most renowned artists when it comes to blending Folk sounds with the more Contemporary ones. Papon believes that “The sounds that exist today, sounds generated through computers and digital sounds too will become folk 50 years down the line”. He explains this further by saying that “It takes time for anything to become folk and we are just trying to mix these sounds with music that is 100 years old if not older”. For Papon, Folk is a part of him, no matter what kind of folk it is. Creating music for him means being lost in his own world as it transforms into a story in his head.