When news broke that Papon is composing the theme song of Namami Brahmaputra and collaborating with greats of Assamese music along with top singers of Bollywood – including megastar Amitabh Bachchan; the wait for the final render became long…too long.
On March 21, the wait ended as Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the theme song at a function held in Guwahati.
Composed by Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta, the Hindi version of the song features Amitabh Bachchan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan, Kailash Kher, Shubha Mudgal, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani, Zubeen Garg, Shillong Choir, Usha Uthup, Shaan and Harshdeep Kaur.
For the Assamese version, the singer-composer collaborated with Archana Mahanta, Mridula Das, Zubeen Garg, Pulak Banerjee, Jitul Sonowal, Tarali Sarma, Namita Bhattacharya, Kalpana Patowary, Malabika Bora, Shillong Choir, Mayukh Hazarika, Rupam Bhuyan, Manjyotsna Goswami Mahanta, Nilima Khatun, Santa Uzir and Joi Barua.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Namami Brahmaputra Festival is our endeavour to un-tap and explore the life giving prosperity of the Brahmaputra which is our culture, civilization, economy and lifeline.”
Both the Hindi and Assamese version of the song, uploaded by Papon on YouTube kept social media buzzing as netizens were seen sharing praises for the ode to the mighty Brahmaputra.
The Namami Brahmaputra festival aims to strengthen the harmony and co-existence of the enumerable people living on both sides of the river for decades and enable them to work for the growth of the state.
The chief minister, in his speech, said that the festival will enable people to connect with the region. He also appealed to all sections to extend their cooperation to make Namami Brahmaputra a grand success.