GUWAHATI, Jan 24 � The debut Hindi album of Papon (Angaraag Mahanta), a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and one of the most powerful new voices of India, was released today at a city hotel. The album titled The Story So Far was released at a function by renowned film-maker Jahnu Barua, a press release said.
With snug melody lines and balmy vocals that seem to channel the undulating hills of Assam the album will take listeners on a journey, conjuring up the calm, peaceful mountainside from where its stories have originated.
While rooted in folk, Papon has a wide variety of influences and is an extremely versatile artist and composer. He recently found himself in the spotlight on �Coke Studio India� and is almost considered the �find� of the show.
The Story So Far shows off Papon�s versatility as a musician and composer. The fiesty folk song Boitha maro re and the dreamy Chhoti chhoti baatein that is pure pop have a meeting point � it�s the magical place where the hills find resonance in Papon�s voice. Papon explains, �I wrote the songs on this album when I was in the Himalayas, so it�s very much influenced by nature. It�s a calming, introspective album � one that you�d listen to at the beginning of a long journey, or after you�ve dimmed the lights at home�. Boitha maro re is a Goalporiya folk song. The song tells the triumphant story of a boat race in Bhatiali where the community lives around the river. Baavle jharne is a mountain nature story. Full of metaphors, the song is a letter from the mountain to the stream, asking the stream to go to the ocean and come back to him in the form of rain.
The Story So Far has been released on Times Music, and is available throughout India at all major stores as well as at all leading websites including Flipkart.com. The album is also available globally for digital download at all major online stores including iTunes, Amazon, E-Music and StarHub, the release added.