Singer Sona Mohapatra is undeterred by police complaints against her for her rendition of Sambalpuri cult song ‘Rangabati’ in MTV Coke Studio, saying her intention was not to hurt anyone but to bring her home state Odisha into the spotlight.
The Odisha-born singer, who grew up listening to the classic song, on Thursday said her intentions were genuine when she chose to reinterpret the popular number.
“I am just saddened and it is just hurtful. The intention was not to hurt anyone, least of all, the people I want to pay homage to. We got a beautiful opportunity in Coke Studio, which is a cross-cultural platform where different cultures merge with modern music to reach out to a whole different audience,” Sona Mohapatra told IANS.
“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 such more Odia songs to the mainstream music. In four days, the video has hit one million views and a lot of love, affection and pride has come my way. And for a few people who are upset by it, I don’t want to kill the celebration that is around the song,” she added.
Rangabati – 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 Coke Studio version of the song has reached a staggering 1,186,016 views in just six days and Sona said this has led to the recognition of Sambalpuri folk at a larger level.
“Overall, people have written that it has united Odias. Bengalis to Punjabis to Malayalis have written that they can’t understand it but they love it. They were not even aware of Sambalpuri folk as a folk form. I think I am introducing my home land to the rest of the world and if there are issues with that, they’ll get resolved. I am just looking for them to get resolved,” Sona Mohapatra concluded.