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Khagen Mahanta is one of the most respected name in assamese folk music and
known as the "King of Bihu".
His Bihu songs, Borgeet and other folk songs are ever green to the assamese society. The
great artist along with his wife Archana Mahanta and son Angaraag Mahanta represent
one of the most influecial family in assamese music.
Khagen , Archana and Angaraag Mahanta (The family)
Khagen Mahanta was born in Nagaon, 1st of january, 1942. His father was Harendra Nath Mahanta
and mother was Laxmipriya Devi. He showed his musical talent from his childhood.
At the age of only fifteen he started perform in the music concerts in Shillong. He voice was
very much accepted by the audience. In 1958, he got the opportunity to perform
from Delhi doordarshan (television) center established the very year. His program was
much appreciated by the viewers.
During the "Language movement" in 1960, Khagen Mahanta got actively involved into it under the
leadership of great personalities like Bishnuprasad Rabha, Hemanga Biswas, Jugal Das etc.
He was member of the group called "Harmony" and popularized human values with his melodious
voice and compositions. In 1961 his first gramophone recorded song was broadcasted from
Guwahati All india radio center. He also participated in the "World Peace" festival
in Calcutta. He was recognized as A grade artist in All India Radio and contributed in almost
all genres of Assamese music like Lokageet, Okoni Geet, musicals, dramas, etc.
Khagen Mahanta has been felicitated numerous times nationally, internationally for his
contributions. Some of his awards/ recoginitions are listed below:
1988 - Film Craft Award
1992 - Sangeet Natak Academy
1994 - Shrimoy Award
1999 - Sangeetacharya
The Mahanta family's contributions towards the Assamese music world is limitless.
His wife Archana Mahanta is equally known name as Khagen Mahanta in folk music.
Their duets are extremely popular to the audiences. Their son
Angaraag Mahanta has also created his popularity with his soozing voice and
a complete genre of modern assamese music.
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