Now-a-days if you say something about comedy in Orissa, then immediately one name comes into mind Papu Pam Pam, the laughter king of odisha. In recent years, with countless stage, TV, radio performances he left oriya viewers and listners spellbound. But the real name of this immensly talented artist is Tatwa Prakash Satpathy, best known as Pappu Pum Pum or simply Papu.
He belongs to a family of artists from Kaptipada, Mayurbhanj district of Orissa. Papu was a born performer and his father was the headmaster of a school but had received the President’s award for performing magic. He and his siblings, all are good at studies and also performed on stage from childhood as they love to perform jatra, music and dance.
Papu is a trained Hindustani vocalist. After completing B.Sc with chemistry honours, Papu came to Bhubaneswar to make a career either in acting or in the music industry. After a short struggle, he met veteran Uttam Mohanty. Uttam sir told him how tough the competetion is in acting industry in orissa, better he should try in music.
After that, he created close to 60 audio albums, but neither he could pay well, nor recognition. After eight years struggle, he got married in 2002 against his parents’ wishes. Suddenly, the family supporting him financially closed door for him. It was getting tougher, when they have a son in 2007.
At that time, private FM Radio Channels entered into Orissa market. After trying for a couple of stations, he made an entry as Papu Pam Pam in Radio Chocolate with self scripted small laughter capsules. This was an instant hit and he was able to create an identity in the field of comedy.
After issues over pay, he accepted the offer from private TV channel Tarang in 2009. Then all the TV shows with Tarang & Tarang Music e.g. Xcuse Me, Faltu Katha, Papu Beauty Parlour became widely popular in rural and urban orissa. In fact, playing 118 different characters in the TV series Xcuse Me earned him a place in the Limca Book of Records. Meanwhile, he had also made his mark in films last year with interesting roles in To Akhire Mun, Sanju Aau Sanjana, Diwana and so on, all of which had his own scripts.