Purple Fusion Vocalist Lamtsala Sangtam Dies at 31
The voice behind Nagaland folk band Purple Fusion succumbed to cancer in Kohima on June 1st
Nagaland singer and artist manager Lamtsala H Sangtam, from fusion rock bandÂ Purple Fusion, passed away on Wednesday following a prolonged battle with cancer. Sangtam, 31, announced in April that her cancer had relapsed. Her last update, madeÂ via FacebookÂ on May 20th, said she had been bedridden for more than a month. A statement by the band is awaited.
Sangtam, who previously performed at fundraisers and remained very open about her fight with cancer, isÂ reportedÂ to have passed awayÂ on Wednesday nightÂ at Naga Hospital in Kohima. With Purple Fusion, Sangtam was part of their quick success and fame inÂ the North EastÂ and across India ever since they came together in 2012. Best known for songs such as “Ho Hey! You Came Along” “Tring Tring” and “Nakhe Nakhe,” the band released their debut album,Â Folk Reminiscence, in 2014. The 10-track albumÂ was written in English, Hindi and local Naga dialects. The band picked up the Best Folk Fusion artist (People’s Choice) trophy at the Radio City Freedom Awards in February.
The singer is survived by her daughter and husband Mhathung Odyuo, who is also the bassist and principle composer in Purple Fusion. Sangtam also collaborated with music composer Sneha Khanwalkar for MTV’sÂ Sound TrippinÂ in 2013, adding her vocals to the track “Raaka” and Mumbai-based guitarists Vijay Xavier and Vishal J. Singh on their 2015 single “One Morning,” which is now being re-released as part of Xavier’s upcoming debut EP.