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Sona Mohapatra’s ‘Ahe Nila Saila’ sparks controversy

Renowned singer Sona Mohapatra seems to be a favourite child of controversy, at least for the people of Odisha. She has managed to grab the eyeballs, for all the wrong reasons once again and this time she wrongly pronounced a couple of words from the iconic Odia bhajan “Ahe Nila Saila” by renowned Odia poet Salabega, just few weeks ahead of world famous Rath Yatra.

The singer on Monday posted a video on YouTube that she had performed the epic bhajan in a live concert in Mumbai last year. In the video, she is heard pronouncing Salabega as “Sale bega”, Charana as “Charane” Shrianga as “Chhiranga” and Matta as “Maatra” in her rendition.

Soon after Sona posted the video, she started getting hate comments and she received severe backlash for the same.


It is not an isolated case of controversy for Sona. The singer had previously invited widespread criticism for her remix of iconic Sambalpuri song ‘Rangabati’.

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