Sona Mohapatra performs in Odisha after Rangabati controversy


GOPALPUR: Bollywood playback singer Sona Mohapatra performed at Gopalpur Beach Festival in Odisha for the first time after ‘Rangabati’ song controversy.

The Odisha-born singer Sona Mohapatra was in the news for her rendition of Sambalpuri cult song “Rangabati”. Sona Mahapatra and Rituraj Mohanty’s re-rendition of the timeless Sambalpuri cult song ‘Rangabati’ has got them mired in controversies.

Cases were filed in Odisha accusing the singers of distorting the original soundtrack which was sung by Jitendriya Haripal and Krishna Patel. The singers have also been charged with warping the state anthem, ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ on the show.Sona Mohapatra performs at Gopalpur beach after Rangabati contoversy

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.

Meanwhile, the pristine beaches of Odisha witnessed a cultural extravaganza.

The inaugural evening saw mesmerising Odissi and folk dance performances followed by a concert of Bollywood singers Shabab Sabri and Nandini Deb and stand-up act by famous comedian Ahsaan Qureshi.

Sambalpuri Rangabati song updates

The remix of hit Sambalpuri song Rangabati by Sona Mohapatra has become the most-streamed performance across seasons of the MTV Coke Studio India.

The performance has grossed over 44 million organic views on the official YouTube channel of Coke Studio India.