Sona Mohapatra: Will never apologise for my rendition of 'Rangabati'

Bollywood playback singer Sona Mohapatra is undeterred by police complaints against her for her rendition of Sambalpuri cult song 'Rangabati' saying she is not going to say sorry.

Sona Mohapatra
Sona Mohapatra

The Odisha-born singer, who grew up listening to the classic song, today said her intentions were genuine when she chose to reinterpret the popular number.

"I am upset and hurt. I am not going to say sorry to anyone because I am not sorry for presenting my roots. I am very proud of my land and I want to bring such more Odiya numbers to the mainstream music," Sona, who was in the capital to launch her another folktronic Punjabi number "Neher-Vale-Pul", told PTI.

The youth wing of BJP has lodged a complaint against singers Sona and Rituraj Mohanty at a police station in Odisha's Sambalpur district, a day after Odisha Surakhya Sena registered similar case against them in the state capital.

The popular Sambalpuri song was written by Mitrabhanu Gauntia and composed by Prabhudatta Pradhan and originally sung by Jitendra Haripal and Krishna Patel. It has been recreated in many Indian languages.

The "Ambarsariya" hitmaker said she is ready to face the "brickbats" against her.

"Whenever in a slightly convention society, you try to do something unconventional you should be ready to take the bouquet and the brickbats. I have gotten so much love from the youth and lot of sections of Odisha.

"This is my 10th year as a musician in the industry and my intention was to show my love for the state and Sambalpuri music. It's just a couple of few troublemakers, who want to use it as an opportunity to get publicity or whatever... I don't want to judge them. I only know my intentions are clean," she added.

The song, which she performed in the current season of MTV Coke Studio, has so far earned 10 lakh views on YouTube in just five days of its release.

"It's a folk song which I loved while growing up and there were so many versions of the song on the internet, But yet it has not reached international and national fans. This was an attempt to make it to the mainstream," Sona, who is thw wife of music director Ram Sampath, said.

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