This marked the start of Rongali, a three-day festival, here as singer Papon laid a musical pitch to celebrate the diversity of the state.

The first day of the cultural extravaganza, held at Veterinary Ground, Khanapara here on Friday, was dedicated to the traditional and rural beats of the state.

Hailing from Assam, Angaraag Mahanta aka Papon has found a foothold in Bollywood with popular songs like "Moh moh ke dhaage", "Khamma ghani" and "Sun le re" to his credit.

His popularity could be sensed as the crowd gravitated to the stage like a moth to a flame after the announcement of his performance.

His band East India Company is credited with reviving interest in folk music from the North East and for melding folk tunes from the region with electronic music.

It was all about fusion as a wave of music ushered in with the group. They dominated the crowd's emotions by taking the music to high and low pitches.

Other than some popular Assamese songs, Papon crooned tracks like "Kyun", "Jiyein kyun" and "Kaun mera" looking casual in a blue shirt with a tinge of orange and denims.

Apart from his tunes and melodious voice, he teased the audience by returning flying kissing and casual winks.

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