Papon’s mom, veteran Assamese singer Archana Mahanta, passes away

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Papon has been one of the most prolific singers in Bollywood. Not only has he made a big name for himself in Bollywood, but he is also one of the icons coming out from Assam. His family has been into music for decades. His mom, veteran Assamese singer Archana Mahanta, has left for her heavenly abode earlier today. The news spread like wildfire all over news channels and social media from around the north-east.

For those who don’t know, Archana Mahanta was a noted folk singer from Assam. She has been suffering from a prolonged illness. In Guwahati, she had been admitted to a private nursing home. There she breathed her last around 11 am this morning. The cause of death is said to be a brain stroke.

According to reports, Papon’s mom was undergoing treatment since quite some time at the Health City Hospital located in the heart of Guwahati.

Archana Mahanta and her late husband Khagen Mahanta were hugely responsible for bringing Assamese music to the global level. They had an enormous contribution to Assamese folk music and helped greatly in preserving its sanctity. It was they who made the folk songs from the state popular. They have been credited with numerous evergreen Assamese folk songs.

Besides Papon, Archana is left behind with two grandchildren, Puhor and Parijaat and a daughter, Kingkini Mahanta.

May her soul rest in peace.

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