01 May 2018
Bhubaneswar: Odia singer Sona Mohapatra have allegedly received a threat notice from Madariya Sufi foundation to remove her latest music video ‘Tori Surat’ from all platforms of communication. She tweeted about these threats to the Mumbai police in her series of tweets on Monday. As per the Sufi group, the video is vulgar and would flare communal tensions, tweeted the singer.
Dear @MumbaiPolice I have received a threatening notice from the Madariya Sufi Foundation to remove my music video Tori Surat from all communication mediums. They claim that the video is vulgar,will flare communal tensions.I need to know whom to write in my response to at ur end— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
The Sufi Madariya foundation has also called me a ‘regular offender’ & says that they find another five year old Video of me singing a Sufiana Kalam - Piya Se Naina on coke studio insulting Islam because I’m ‘dressed exposing my body’ & playing westernised music. @MumbaiPolice— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
The Madariya foundation along with the agreement of the Nizamuddin Dargah have an issue with the description of my Tori Surat music video, “earthy incarnations of the feminine Divine” & with “a sleeveless dress and body exposing dancers”. Basically with everything woman & free.— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
Dear @MumbaiPolice the Madariya Sufi foundation claims to work for Sufism,peace & universal brotherhood in their threatening notice to me. I ask you & #India ,what about the ‘sisterhood’?Why is it that in this day & age the women expected to cover up, not sing or dance in public— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
Thank you. Would request you to please give me the correct police email id so that I can forward their threatening mail & also my response to them. Will happily share my phone number also but I am worried to do this on social media. ???????????? https://t.co/yT1WQoO8ZH— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
Respected @CPMumbaiPolice , I have been sent a threatening email notice from the Madariya Sufi Foundation demanding that I take down a music video that has been passed by the censor board of India & I would like to forward the same to your official email id along with my response— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
The last time I shared my phone number with the @MumbaiPolice was when I was getting rape, mutilation, death & acid attack threats during the Salman controversy. I am sorry to say that no real help or remedy came my way sir, @CPMumbaiPolice . Thankful I am safe despite the same.— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
However, the police were quick to respond and an investigation is underway in the case. The Singer has also submitted a letter to the Santacruz police on Monday about alleged threatening emails she has been receiving from a Sufi organisation since last few days.
Headed to the police station in my neighbourhood to sort out this matter. Thank you @MumbaiPolice for calling me & giving direction. ????????????— SONA (@sonamohapatra) April 30, 2018
In her latest tweet a couple of hours ago, she shared the song and have asked the persons who get offended by it to go and live in the pre-histoic caves.
The earthy incarnations of the feminine divine ????https://t.co/CzhoCgVkZ6— SONA (@sonamohapatra) May 1, 2018
)If this offends you, then please go live in your pre-historic cave. )
In her latest video, Sona Mohapatra sings the immortal Sufi love song penned by Ameer Khusro for his murshid & beloved, Nizammudin Auliya.
The ancient 13th century lyrics have composition & music by Ram Sampath & a high energy video directed by Sneha Shetty. This video has Sona in unique earthy incarnations of the feminine divine from different cultures.
The looks featured in the video were chosen by public on Facebook as a collaborative audience interactive project.