Sona Mohapatra on Tori Surat: The song introduces new generation to ancient poetry and poets


My journey of #LalPariMastani🔴 was with this express purpose, to bridge the ancient to the contemporary & find younger audiences.”

To take ancient poetry that is 700 years old,make a composition & soundscape that is a complete contrast 2 how it is usually presented gives us the opportunity to introduce new generations to these poets.That it might not appeal to everyone is something I am willing to live with. The description of the song on YouTube reads, “This video has Sona in unique earthy incarnations of the feminine divine from different cultures. Her lawyer Henal Vakhari clarified that the objections are unwarranted as the video of the song was passed by the Censor Board of Film Certification. — SONA (@sonamohapatra) May 3, 2018
She added in another tweet, “To take ancient poetry that is 700 years old, make a composition & soundscape that is a complete contrast 2 how it is usually presented gives us the opportunity to introduce new generations to these poets.That it might not appeal to everyone is something I am willing to live with.”
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Ever since the composition has been mired in controversy, its views on YouTube have shot up and many have even commented saying that they came to know about “Tori Surat” only after the Sufi group raised objections over it. The looks featured in the video were chosen by all of you on Facebook as a collaborative audience interactive project.”
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In her latest tweets, the singer has explained the context of her song, “This song (tori surat) revisits the poetry of Khusro & reinvents the presentation in a musical soundscape that is nothing like a traditional qawali or Abida’s rendition. Related News
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Published: May 3, 2018 11:17:43 am

Sona Mohapatra’s song “Tori Surat” has been called vulgar by Sufi group called  Madariya Sufi Foundation. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd She wears a mix of Indian and western attire, while the background dancers are seen in western outfits. In the video of the song directed by Sneha Shetty, we see the singer with a painted face as she croons the lines of the composition by Ram Sampath. It’s our constitutional right to ensure our safety and security,” Vakhari told ANI. “If we are not satisfied with the action taken on our complaint, we will try other remedies too.