Sona stirs up 'Rangabati' row again

Odisha-born singer Sona Mohapatra took to the microblogging site Twitter to question rendition of the popular Sambalpuri folk song.

Published: 09th July 2017 10:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2017 10:24 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The dust over 'Rangabati' controversy refuses to settle. Odisha-born singer Sona Mohapatra on Friday took to the microblogging site Twitter to question rendition of the popular Sambalpuri folk song by Bollywood singer Shankar Mahadevan during opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar. 

Sona Mohapatra

She said original singer Jitendra Haripal could have been asked to sing the song during the prestigious event instead of Mahadevan. "Did it not occur to you that Jitendra Haripal could've been asked to sing at BBSR?Where did your Sambalpur/Odia pride vanish? Hypocrites much?" tweeted Sona, who had earlier landed in controversy for remaking 'Rangabati' for MTV Coke Studio. 

While stating that the issue has nothing to do with either Mahadevan or Haripal, she blamed the State Government for not supporting her version of the song. Sona alleged that unlike in case of Mahadevan, Odisha Government did not negotiate or facilitate a meeting between her and Haripal before rendition of the remixed version of the song. 

In a series of tweets, she clarified that like Mahadevan, she and her team had invited Haripal to be felicitated before the Coke Studio version of 'Rangabati' was released. "He had agreed but backtracked after the politics took over," she wrote.

On the other hand, Haripal said he had no issue over Mahadevan singing 'Rangabati'.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp