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Case against Rituraj for weird rendition of ‘Bande Utkala Janani’

Odisha Surakhya Sena has registered a case against the singers Rituraj Mohanty and Sona Mohapatra at the capital police station in Bhubaneswar for weird rendition of ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ (misspelt as ‘Jannini’), the state anthem of Odisha.

The outrage over Rangabati was more pronounced in western Odisha where the song had its origins. But most Odias would have perhaps forgiven the fiddling around with Rangabati since it is, at its core, a folk song, though an immensely popular one, and speaks the language of love that most songs of the genre do. It is the liberties taken with the state anthem that has got the goat of most Odias. Given the outrage it has already sparked, it is almost certain that there would be a spate of court cases seeking a ban on it in the days to come.

Watch: Rangabati fusion video by Sona Mohapatra and Rituraj Mohanty

Rituraj can’t understand what the fuss is all about. “MTV Coke Studio is a huge platform. It would take the song to the world at large. I just don’t understand what is wrong with the song,” he says.

Rituraj Mohanty Odisha Singer

Bande Utkala Janani song is written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra. When Odisha became independent on 1 April 1936, this poem was made the state anthem of Odisha.

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  1. just Shut up your Mouth ” Odisha Surakhya Sena ” . Everyone Likes this Song at Huge . We also at abroad Watching it regularly & Showing to Others , After This feeling Proud to Be Odia …… We Support Rituraj & Sona …… Pls Stop this nonsense & If Trying to give Surakhya to Odisha ….just Do some Good Work….There are so much Fraud doing by our state Government……Just wake up

  2. I don’t think there is anything wrong . I enjoyed the music very much. They are only doing bakwas and may trying to gain something from the popularity and blackmailing to earn some money. As a odia i am proud that one of folk song of odisha and state anthem got noticed on national level.

  3. It’s an amazing song sung by Sona Mohapatra And Rituraj Mohanty . It’s fabulous 🙂 . Our Anthem Has Rise-up To Worldwide and touch the Sky. Proud To Be An Odia. So stop Doing nonsense act by raising case on them . We support Rituraj .

  4. This is absolutely stupid.Shame on u “Odisha Surakhya Sena”.I heard the song.Rituraj didnt misspelt as janini.
    He clearly pronounced as Janani.Love u Rituraj for ur marvellous voice.We are with you

  5. leave behind these ignorant political morons like “odisha surakha sen”. we loved this song

  6. “Odisha Surakhya sena” do u have any work..!!?? Why every time this organisation appears when someone does a good work in a legal and ethical way with no intension to hurt anyone. I’m When the lovers/couple loves in the park,you poor people come around and hurt the innocent people.. In the same way what they did wrong(rituraj-sona)!! They did their best for spotlighting the Odisha. And “odisha Surakhya sena ” do some work which will really helpful to everyone.. Rituraj and sona mohapatra you did very well…

  7. Fabulous Job Rituraj bhai n Sona mam. We r with u. First time I felt proud to b an Odia. Keep it up. I hope u will bring the full version of “Bande Utkal Janani”..

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