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Odia playback singer Sona Mohapatra has again added fuel over Sambalpuri folk song ‘Rangabati’

Bhubaneswar9/7/17:: Odia playback singer Sona Mohapatra has again added fuel to the longstanding controversy over Sambalpuri folk song ‘Rangabati’  by raising questions on Twitter regarding Shankar Mahadevan’s performance during opening ceremony of 22nd Asian Athletics Championships here.

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.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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