Singer Sona Mohapatra says she is happier performing in concerts than doing playback for a Bollywood film. The popular singer highlighted sexism in the music industry and mentioned that out of 100 songs curated for Bollywood films, only an average of eight songs are sung by female singers and that’s disturbing. Sona talked to news agency PTI in her latest interview and mentioned that she has decided to find her creative expression in other forms of singing. The singer, who has given her voice to hits like Ambar Sariya and Rupaiya among others, added that the female singers are not given more than four lines to sing in a duet number. Also Read - Kareena Kapoor Khan on Nepotism And Pay Disparity in Bollywood: Perception is Star-Kids Don't Have Their Struggles
Sona was quoted saying, “Today, in romantic duets, women don’t get more than four lines to sing. I was seeing so much of that, the fact that we don’t get enough songs. Eight out of 100 songs in the mainstream have a female voice.” She credited veteran playback singer Lata Mangeshkar for setting a right example by demanding copyright for her songs. Sona said most big singers today like Shreya Ghoshal or Sunidhi Chauhan won’t raise their voice against sexism in the industry because they have got a thousand songs to their credit and it’s the singers who don’t have this amount of work to their name who get affected. Also Read - Sexual Harassment: Rekha Reveals Kamal Haasan Kissed Her Without Her Consent in Balachander's Punnagai Mannan
“I can’t blame a Shreya (Ghoshal) or Sunidhi (Chauhan) as they don’t speak for anything beyond their own projects. They are big, they have thousands of songs to their credit, so they are comfortable. The others who don’t have that much work think maybe they will displease others so they don’t speak,” Sona said. Also Read - Anu Malik Sexual Harassment Case: Sona Mohapatra Lashes Out at NCW, Says 'Felt Like I Was Criminal'
The singer who is known for her strong opinions against nepotism, sexual harassment, pay disparity and other important issues, said she sees herself as a performing artiste and doesn’t want to put herself in a box. Sona said a woman can either complain about ‘shrinking opportunities’ in the industry or work hard to find her creative freedom somewhere else.
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