Angaraag Mahanta (Indian singer)

Angarag Papon Mahanta is an Indian singer, composer and record producer from Assam. He is the lead singer and founder of the folk-fusion band called Papon and The East India Company. He is trained in Indian Classical and folk music and plays quite a few instruments and has carved a niche for himself in genres like acoustic folk and new-age Indian classical music.

Papon is associated with the very popular Coke Studio MTV. Some of his initial stuff was widely considered a novelty in the Assamese musical scenario. It was a blend of East-Indian folk music and Western electronic musical arrangement, enhanced by atmospheric sounds effects. In most of these endeavors, he collaborated with the East India Company, of which he is a founding member. He is keen at meeting different musicians, be exposed to different forms of music and collaborate with various talented musicians to create something amazing and beautiful. He has performed worldwide and has been awarded numerous awards till date. He is also known for lending his voice for the theme song of Roadies X. A seven-part documentary web series by Red Bull titled Hometown Heroes which narrated the singer’s journey, as he travels back to his roots in Assam and how he became a famous musician in the Indian music scene was released in August 2016.
Mahanta has received several awards and honors, including three GiMA Awards, two Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards, and a Screen Award. Assamese news channel News Live awarded Mahanta the “Assamese of The Year” award for the year 2015.


Reema Kagti (Flimmaker)

Reema Kagti is an Indian film director and screenwriter. She made her debut as a director with critically acclaimed Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007), which was followed by neo-noir, Talaash (2012). She has penned scripts for Dil Dhadak Ne Do (2015) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). Reema Kagti has worked as an assistant director with many leading directors including Farhan Akhtar (Dil Chahta Hai, Lakshya), Ashutosh Gowariker (Lagaan), Honey Irani (Armaan), and Mira Nair (Vanity Fair).

Ronnie Lahiri

Ronnie Lahiri(Producer)

Ronnie Lahiri is the Producer/ Partner of Rising Sun Films, Mumbai. He began his production career as an Executive producer in Red Ice Films. In 2007 he started Rising Sun Film along with Shoojit Sircar. He has produced films like Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe and Aparajita Tumi. His film Vicky Donor was nominated in the Best Film category in both Filmfare Awards as well as Screen Awards in 2012. His latest film Piku won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie in 2016.

Karma Palijor (Journalist)

A former Senior Editor at CNN News18, he specializes in covering aviation and natural disasters. He was awarded reporter of the year in 2010 by at the News Television Awards. In 2011, he won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in the category for Business and Economic Journalism. The Ramnath Goenka award was for an indepth 30 minutes show on Air India titled ‘Who Killed the Maharaja.’ The show was the result of months of investigation on the national carrier. He won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism again in 2014 for his coverage of Cyclone Phailin and its aftermath. For the same coverage he also won the ENBA Award in the Best Spot News Reporting (English) category.

The other notable investigative piece, titled ‘Fear in the Sky’, was a series on how aviation infrastructure was not keeping pace with the growing aviation sector in India. The series resulted in the overhaul of infrastructure at several airports in the country.

Karma was part of the CNN News18 team which won the award for Best National News Coverage in English at the exchange4media News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA) for their coverage of the devastating Uttrakhand floods in 2013. Produced, directed and anchored several award winning programmes for CNN News 18 like Budget Yatra, Axe the Tax, Reporters Project.