"Music for me means the freedom to express. I'm happy to be here in Indian music at this time. We are boldly embracing different genres and styles and formats in music today. And the most important thing is indie music and alternate genres are no longer considered niche," Papon said in a statement.
"Thanks to social media, we are able to accept, savour and appreciate different forms of music today. For an artiste like me, this is exciting, as I am able to boundlessly explore across genres - be mainstream and still retain the rustic, local flavour of my comfort genre," added Papon.
The Assamese artiste, whose real name is Angaraag Mahanta, was recently in the capital for a concert with Lucky Ali and Sona Mohapatra.
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