New Delhi, May 1: Noted Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar on Tuesday slammed Sufi groups for threatening singer- Sona Mohapatra over her latest song. Taking to Twitter, Akhtar said, “In strongest possible words I condemn those regressive and reactionary organisations who are threatening Sona Mahapatra for making a music video of a Amir Khusrau ‘ Geet . These mullas should know that Amir Khusrau belongs to every Indian. He is not your property.”
Earlier in the day, Sona Mohapatra lodged a complaint with the Mumbai police alleging Madariya Sufi Foundation has threatened her to remove her latest song, ‘Tori Surat’, from all platforms.
In a series of tweets, Mohapatra went on to explain what the Foundation was objecting to. She said, “I have received a threatening notice from the Madariya Sufi Foundation to remove my music video Tori Surat from all communication mediums. They claim that the video is vulgar, will flair communal tensions. I want to know whom to write in to in my response…”
The Foundation has also called Mohapatra a “regular offender”, she said, claiming that they found a five-year-old video of hers singing a Sufiana Kalaam at Coke Studio, Piya Se Naina. It said her rendition was an insult to Islam “because I’m dressed exposing my body” & playing Westernised music.
In another tweet, Mohapatra goes on to explain what else the Foundation had issues with. She said that in agreement with the Nizamuddin Dargah, the Foundation has an issue with the description of the video of Tori Surat, “earthy incarnations of the feminine Divine”, and “sleeveless dress and body exposing dancers”. She pointed out that the Foundation probably had a problem with everything feminine.