‘Will never apologise for rendition of Rangabati’

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Bhubaneswar: 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.

The Odisha-born singer, who grew up listening to the classic song, said in New Delhi today that 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 more such Odiya numbers to the mainstream music,” said Sona, who was in the national capital to launch another folktronic Punjabi number “Neher vale pul”.

The youth wing of BJP yesterday lodged a complaint against singers Sona and Rituraj Mohanty at the Town police station in Sambalpur, a day after Odisha Surakhya Sena registered a 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 you try to do something unconventional in a slightly conventional society, you should be ready to take both the bouquets and the brickbats. I have gotten so much love from the youth and lot of sections of Odisha,” she said.

“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 the international and national fans. This was an attempt to make it to the mainstream,” Sona, who is the wife of music director Ram Sampath, said.

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