“I am counting on you all to interact with my songs as I perform. It’s the music I rarely get to play,” said singer Sona Mohapatra, minutes before she performed Sufi rock numbers to a packed audience at the Fifth Celebrate Bandra Festival on Sunday.
Mohapatra, best known for her zesty rendition of “Bedardi Raja” in the movie Delhi Belly, performed at the Bandra amphitheatre on the second day of the festival.
The singer performed the ‘Songs of the Beloved’, which were modern interpretations of popular Sufi numbers such as Khusrao, Kabir, Meera and Bulleh Shah. “The lyrics are more than five centuries old, but even today, address the hopes and concerns of modern India,” Mohapatra said.
“I love performing in Bandra for many reasons. It is here that I stayed as a paying guest during my early days in the city, met my husband and recorded my hit numbers,” she said.
The second day of the Celebrate Bandra Festival witnessed a great turnout at all the venues throughout the day. “This year, the crowd was more enthusiastic compared to the previous years, and it surpassed our expectations,” said Patricia Nath, co-convener of the festival.