“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife”– Kahlil Gibran
World Music Day or Fete de la Musique is a unique annual celebration of music which takes place on June 21. The enchanting power of music that connects with our thoughts and emotions is no less than magic.
Northeast India is blessed with mellifluously impeccable talented musicians and so we’ve listed some of the finest musicians and artists from this region. Take a look!
Born in Assam, Angaraag Mahanta is better known by his stage name ‘Papon’. Papon’s initial training was in Indian Classical, Borgeet and folk music. He mastered vocals primarily but also plays other instruments. Although his first language is Assamese, he has performed songs in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Marathi, Mishing and Bengali.
Papon has received several awards and honours, including three GIMA Awards, two Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards, and a Screen Award. Assamese news channel News Live awarded Mahanta the “Assamese of The Year” award for the year 2015.
Nise Meruno is a classical pianist from Nagaland. He was only six when he started playing the piano. Classical music has been deep-rooted in Nise’s as his family members are also well-known musicians. In 2007, Nise was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence in music and has performed for the Prime Minister and the President of the country. He has also performed at different concerts across South East Asia.
Shankuraj Konwar is a singer, songwriter, composer, and producer from Jorhat, Assam. His first single, Ki Bedonate, released in March 2017 as a part of his album Baartalaap has been well-received among listeners. His major break came when he collaborated with Rainforest Records and featured on the song Jolopropat. His other popular compositions include Bhatiyali Xopun, Lorali, Alakananda and more.
John Mpamei is a recording artist, singer-songwriter and musician. Born and raised in Manipur, Mpamei is a dedicated and talented musician who started his career as a western violinist at the age of 13. He is specialised in playing the guitar, piano, violin, and vocals.
He is also the Frontman of the band called ‘John Mpamei & the Band’, nevertheless the band is internationally acclaimed. They had also performed in various concerts and various venues like Hard Rock cafe in New Delhi, Attitude Alive in Gurgoan, Turqiouse Cottage in Saket, college fests, etc., and also participated in the Hornbill festival held in Nagaland.
Born and raised in Agartala, Ujjayinee Roy is trained in Hindustani classical music. Apart from being a professional singer; she is also a Bharatnatyam dancer. By the time she was eighteen, Ujjayinee was a graded artist and composer with All India Radio. During the early days of her musical career, she had also been the founding member of bands like Tribe and Aurko, and was also a participant in popular reality shows likes SaReGaMa and Pop Stars. She later moved on to work on films, notably recording for albums including A.R Rahman, Harris Jayaraj, and Devi Sri prasad.
She lent her voice for Ed DeGenaro’s album ‘The Elektrik Circus‘. She also worked on her independent album called ‘This Feels Right‘, some of the songs of which she has already released as singles. She has also released an original compilation called ‘Novocain for the Soul‘ with music producer Amit Gupta.