Javed Akhtar has come out in support of Sona Mohapatra.
Javed Akhtar has come out in support of Sona Mohapatra.

Javed Akhtar condemns Sufi group for threatening Sona Mohapatra

Mohapatra, singer of Ambarsariya from Fukrey, recently compiled an album, which includes songs from Sufiana Kalam by Baba Bulleh Shah in Raag Bhairavi.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 02:42 PM IST

Veteran film writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, on Tuesday, hit back at the Madariya Sufi Foundation for allegedly threatening singer Sona Mohapatra to take down a music video.

Mohapatra, in a series of tweets on Monday, had alleged that the foundation had sent her a notice to remove her latest video Tori Surat as it doesn’t conform with their norms of a ‘Sufi song’.

Akhtar took to Twitter to condemn the organisation “in strongest possible words”.

“In strongest possible words I condemn those regressive and reactionary organisations who are threatening Sona Mahapatra for making a music video of Amir Khusrau’s Geet . These mullas should know that Amir Khusrau belongs to every Indian . He is not your property,” said the 73-year-old.

In her tweets, Mohapatra claimed the foundation termed her video, Tori Surat, obscene and objectionable. She alleged after giving the notice, they did not wait for her response and sent her threats through email. She claimed the foundation stated that her other video that came out five years ago, too, was inappropriate. “Mohapatra has submitted an application at Santacruz police station that the contention in the email received by her is incorrect. She said she has a certificate from the CBFC board for the content of her music video. The application is on record with the police,” said Paramjit Singh Dahiya, deputy commissioner of police, Zone 9.

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“I am just happy the police responded immediately because I did not know who to go to and it is very intimidating to receive a threatening message… The police have promised to talk to the foundation and my lawyers will respond to their notice,” said Mohapatra to HT.

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.”

(With inputs from ANI)

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