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Sona Mohapatra sings ‘Aahe Nila Saila’ at Bhubanesariya concert

Singer Sona Mohapatra enthralled the audience at the musical concert ‘Bhubanesariya’, organised by The New Indian Express at Utkal Mandap in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

The crowd broke into a huge round of applause when Sona rendered her version of Jitendra Haripal’s ‘Rangabati’. Referring to the Bhakti Movement, she also sang ‘Aahe Nila Saila’, the popular bhajan by late Bhikari Bala.

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Music, she said, has no language and boundaries. “Although I realise the pronunciation mistakes that I made in both ‘Rangabati’ and ‘Aahe Nila Saila’, it does not stop me from singing them because that is the only way we can take our music to a wider audience,” she said.

Sona Mohapatra took a crowd of more than 2,000 on a two-hour musical journey that traversed through some of her soulful hits, the best of RD Burman songs and popular Bollywood numbers at the concert. She paid glowing tributes to the rich artistry of the State, be it the beautiful Kotpad and Sambalpuri fabrics or the religious poetry by Bhakta Salabega.

Accompanied by six of her band members, she sang numbers like ‘Jiya Lage Na’ from Talash, ‘Udi Udi Jae’ from Raees, ‘Bedardi Raja’ from Delhi Belly and ‘Genda Phool’ from Delhi 6 besides, one of her most popular tracks – ‘Ambarsariya’.

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