Bhubaneswar: After landing in controversy over remix of cult Sambalpuri song ‘Rangabati’, singer Sona Mohapatra has once again come back to the fighting ring by questioning Bollywood musician Shankar Mahadevan’s rendition of the same song here during the opening ceremony of Asian Athletics Championships.
In a barrage of tweets on Friday, Mohapatra hit the present version of the song vis-a-vis her own performance in Coke Studio, which was criticized for ‘plagiarism and distortion.’
“Where did ur Sambalpur/Odia pride vanish? Hypocrites much?,” said Mohapatra in a tweet.
Mohapatra further clarified that, this is nothing to do with any artist, Shankarji, me or even Jitendra Haripalji.
“Did it not occur to you that Jitendra Haripal could've been asked to sing at Bhubaneswar. Acting obsequious towards people who are not from your state & belittling, finding fault in your own is lack of self respect, dear Odiyas,” read one of her tweets.
The popular Sambalpuri song was written by Mitrabhanu Gauntia and composed by Prabhudatta Pradhan and originally sung by Jitendra Haripal and Krishna Patel.
The fusion version of the song by Mohapatra and Rituraj Mohanty was aired on MTV Coke Studio Channel 4 on June 5, 2016.
Unlike Shankarjee, we didn't have the government of Odisha negotiating & facilitating a Bharat Milap with the original folk singer, said Sona.
On the inaugural day of AAC2017, Shankar Mahadevan sung the song to huge applause at the Kalinga Stadium and called for the original singers on the state to seek their permission to sing the song. He had also requested the audience of Odisha to excuse him in case he did injustice to the song by way of wrong lyrics or music.
On the other hand original singer of the song and Padma Shri Jitendra Haripal criticized Sona over her tweets saying she has no right to comment on Rangabati song; she distorted the purity of the original song.
Hear the Rangabati song sung by Shankar Mahadevan: