A Muslim woman from Karnataka has become the victim of trolling on Facebook for singing a Hindu devotional film song while auditioning for Kannada edition of music reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.
Suhana Syed, 22, from Sagara town in Shivamogga district, sang Shreekarane, a song from the movie Gaja in praise of Lord Balaji. She also performed a folk song, getting positive feedback from judges for her choice of songs as well as singing, and made it to the next stage of the show.
Soon after the episode was aired on March 4, a Facebook page called Mangalore Muslims put out a post saying, “Suhana thinks she has achieved something by parading her beauty and by singing film songs in front of men of various communities and receiving praise from them.”
The post also sought to belittle her achievement, saying it paled in comparison to those “of small children who learn to recite the Quran in six months”.
The post added, “Your parents encouraged you to parade your beauty in front of people for their enjoyment. For this, come the day of judgment, they will not be allowed to enter heaven.”
The post has since been removed.
Despite repeated attempts, Syed and the producers of the show could not be reached for comment.
On the show, after judges had praised her song selection and pointed to the unifying power of music, Syed had addressed some of the underlying, unspoken concerns. “There are many reasons why talented people are unable to fulfil their potential. It may be some societal compulsion. I hope others take courage from this and are able to come forward,” she had said.
One of the judges on the show, Vijay Prakash, had also asked people across the state and her family members to support her.