Sona Mohapatra Threatened Over Music Video, Approaches Cops
Singer Sona Mohapatra has approached the police stating that she has received threats for her latest track ‘Tori Surat’.
Mohapatra filed a written application at Mumbai’s Santacruz police station on April 30, alleging she had been receiving threatening emails asking her to remove her new music video from all communication mediums. The threats were reportedly from the Madariya Sufi Foundation. She submitted a letter to the Santacruz police about the threatening emails, reported TOI.
Twitter complaint and letter to police
“I ask you and India, what about the ‘sisterhood’? Why is it that in this day and age, women are expected to cover up, not sing or dance in public.”
The singer also posted her grievance on her Facebook account: “I have received a threatening notice from the Madariya Sufi Foundation to remove my music video from all communication mediums. They claim that the video is vulgar, it will flare communal tensions. Their letter has also called me a ‘regular offender’ and says that they have found another five-year-old video of me singing a Sufiana Kalam insulting to Islam because I’m ‘dressed exposing my body’ and playing westernised music.”
She also added in the post that the Madariya foundation, along with the agreement of (a prominent dargah), have an issue with the description of her music video, ‘earthy incarnations of the feminine Divine’. They are also offended with the sleeveless dress and body exposing dancers in the video. The singer alleged that the foundation which claims to work for Sufism, peace and universal brotherhood is threatening her on the choice she has made as an individual.
While the singer gave a written application to the police, she did not file an FIR. The foundation, meanwhile, claimed Mohapatra was not a victim, but an accused who had flouted the rules set by their foundation for representation of Sufi art and culture. The singer has always been outspoken on social media about her opinions on several issues.