"Bollywood is a very big platform in terms of its reach. The reach of your voice and song is immense. If you are doing something other than film music, then it helps support both. You can carry on both as Bollywood helps you push forward other stuff along with it," Papon, who is credited for reviving interest in folk music from the North East. Apart from carving a special place in Bollywood with his heartwarming tracks like "Jiyein kyun", "Kyun", "Zindagi aisi waisi" and

"Kaun mera", he has been a part of TV show "Coke Studio" that aims at bringing the soulful music of India in the forefront and has also doled out Assamese and Hindi albums.The singer is optimistic that his success story in the Hindi film industry will make people from North East come forward and try their luck in Mumbai.The singer opened Rongali, a three-day festival, here on Friday with his band East India

Company with a performance high on traditional, electronic and accoustic tunes. I always look forward to coming here and playing in front of the audience," he said.Talking about the ongoing cultural gala which aims to boost state's tourism, he said: "It is very early to say what impact will the festival have as it is just a beginning.

There is a definitely a discriminatory kind of look out towards people from North East."I don't know why Bollywood and other drama has always depicted Oriental people from the region. There is that mindset, and I think there is a way to go around it and to deal with it smartly," the singer said.His song "Moh moh ke dhaage" from movie "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" once again struck an emotional chord. His fans have a reason to rejoice as the singer says that there are "many things lined up" on professional front."I am working on a Assamese and Hindi album.

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