Archana Mahanta along with her husband late Khagen Mahanta (in blue kurta) and renowned Assamese poet late Hiren Bhattacharyya (right) during a programme

Guwahati: Leading folk singer of the state, Archana Mahanta, passed away at a private hospital in Guwahati around 11 am on Thursday following a brain stroke on July 14. She was 72.

She was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here ever since she suffered the brain stroke.

Wife of renowned singer and composer of folk and traditional music of Assam and also known as “King of Bihu”, late Khagen Mahanta, and mother of popular singer, Angaraag “Papon” Mahanta, she was also associated with various leading socio-cultural organisations of the state.

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Apart from his son, Papon, she also leaves behind her daughter, Kingkini Mahanta, along with thousands of her followers, well-wishers and many others.

It was Khagen and Archana who upon the stage together on many occasions, singing Assamese folk songs and earning a name as the most popular duet singers in recent history. Their melodious live performances are still talked about to this day.

Meanwhile, various leading organisations have condoled the demise of the leading folk singer of the state.

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