Sona Mohapatra Threatened By Sufi Group Over ‘Vulgar’ Music Video: Reaches Out To Mumbai Police

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Bollywood singer Sona Mohapatra on 30 April said that she had received a threat e-m ail from a Sufi Foundation for her latest music video.
Bollywood singer Sona Mohapatra on 30 April said that she had received a threat e-m ail from a Sufi Foundation for her latest music video.

Singer Sona Mohapatra has alleged that she has been threatened by a Sufi group over her new music video, Tori Surat. Sona Mohapatra on 30 April 2018 wrote a series of tweets to the Mumbai police, alleging the Madiyar Sufi Foundation had sent her a notice and threats to remove her latest video from all communication channels on the grounds that it did not comply with the Sufi format.

Sona said that the group has called the music video, which has been cleared by the censor board, ‘vulgar’.

She said in another tweet, “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. (sic)”

She went on to write, “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. 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.”

Lyricist Javed Akhtar has come out in support of Sona and has condemned the organisation for threatening her. He said, “These mullas should know that Amir Khusrau belongs to every Indian. He is not your property.”

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.

Madariya Sufi Foundation is a trust working to promote Sufism, peace, justice and human rights. The foundation focuses on research work of Sufi Saint Syed Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar and his followers among others. Sameer Boghani, president of the Madariya Sufi Foundation, said, “There is a certain format to represent Sufi culture and music. Mohapatra has gone ahead with the video without taking permission from the foundation.”

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