Papon and The East India Company is an electric folk-fusion band from New Delhi, formed in 2007. The band, now based out of Mumbai, comprises of Papon (vocals, guitars), Brin (live electronica), Jeenti (guitars), Kirti (World percussions), Aakash (bass), Tanmay (drums) and Birinchi (keys). The band has performed at major festivals like Oktoberfest in Bangalore, NH7 Weekender, SAARC Music Festival in New Delhi, Eastwind Festival, MAD Fest Ooty, Windsong, Goa, Storm Fest etc. and has performed overseas with Sutasi in Singapore. The outfit also recently performed at the Dubai World Music festival. Today, the band is a much appreciated live act throughout the gig circuit in the country.
Papon is a singer, composer, producer and a multi-instrumentalist. Born to the very popular music duo and legends of Assamese music, Archana Mahanta and Khagen Mahanta, he was introduced to music early on in his childhood. Papon’s initial training was in Indian Classical and folk music from Assam. Now his music covers genres like ambient electronica, acoustic folk and new age Indian Classical. Papon released his debut album, The Story So Far (Times Music) in 2012, which won a GIMA award. He also has six Assamese albums to his name. Papon has been featured on two seasons of Coke Studio India and has produced one full episode of the third season, composing six songs. Apart from that, Papon has performed with the Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale at various festivals around the world including the Paléo Music Festival in Switzerland, Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore and Oslo World Music Festival in Norway. He has collaborated with the Welling Jazz Band, in Wellington, New Zealand, for a project playing some of his music during Crossings festival held in Wellington in 2007. Also in the project was Rihan Sheehan, a popular electronic artist and producer from Wellington. He collaborated with Karsh Kale and Sushmit Sen on their respective projects, Cinema and Depths of the Ocean. Papon has been featured in the soundtracks of Bollywood films such as Barfi!, Soundtrack, Dum Maro Dum, Madras Café, Satyagrah, among others. He also featured on the The Dewarists along with Rabbi Shergill along with composing the theme song for MTV Roadies Season 10. Papon, both as a solo artist and with his band, is fast scaling ranks within the Indian music community.