Controversy over rendition on Odisha’s folk song ‘Rangabati’ at AAC

Bhubaneswar: Singer and music composer Sona Mohapatra from Odisha, who had earlier landed in controversy for singing remake of popular Sambalpuri song ‘Rangabati’ for Coke Studio, questioned over the presentation of the particular song by Bollywood singer Shankar Mahadevan during opening ceremony of ongoing 22nd Asian Athletics Championships (AAC) in Bhubaneswar.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Sona raised her eyebrow over performance on the folk song on the stage at glittering evening of inaugural ceremony of the mega sports event at Kalinga Stadium.

She asked whether the original singer Jitendra Haripal was not supposed to sing the song during the event.

“Did it not occur to u that Jitendra Haripal could’ve been asked to sing at BBSR?Where did ur Sambalpur/Odia pride vanish? Hypocrites much?” she tweeted.


She criticized the politics for which she did not get government support for her performance.

“So easily fooled by politically orchestrated gestures? 🙂 This is nothing to do with any artist, Shankarji, me or even Jitendra Haripalji.

Reacting to her series of tweets, Padmasri Haripal said that there was no issue over singing of the song Rangabati by Shankar Mahadevan during opening ceremony of the AAC in Bhubaneswar.

“Sona Mohapatra has no right to make comment on Rangabati as she had destroyed purity of the song,” he said.

Notably, Sona Mohapatra had drawn controversy earlier by singing remake of the song for Coke Studio without taking permission from the original singer Jitendra Haripal, composer Prabhudatta Pradhan and lyricist Mitrabhanu Gauntia.

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