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I am hurt being an Odia today

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By Tanaya Patnaik

Underdeveloped and backward, faithfully picked by the choicest super cyclones and wettest of floods, serial and sincere back-bencher in the classroom of Indian states, ostracized for months and years by the national media (but, of course, for super disasters!), by definition described as the region next to Bengal, the forever alone Derp  – I am musing about Odisha, my beloved homeland.

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I’m completely unapologetic about the above comments about my state – because they are true. Yet, I have always identified myself as a proud Odia. A super proud one. When all is said and done, Odisha is a land of marvels, of stunning sceneries and generous jungles, of palatable ‘Pithas’ and delectable ‘Panas’, of dance and of drama, of twelve months and thirteen festivals, of townies and tribes, of Chromite and Bauxite, of being ranked by the World Bank as the best place to do business and of ancient temples and thriving educational institutions.

There is enough about Odisha to make one feel blessed. And I have always considered myself immensely fortunate to have been born in this land. Somewhere, there always was a belief inside me that ‘hamara number aayega’. A deep-seated conviction that Odisha’s story will be a story worth telling. And I wanted to be a small part of the big story, witness the extraordinary affair unfold and of course put in my tiny bit.

But today I am feeling ashamed to be an Odia because of a recent brouhaha caused by the re-creation of the quintessential Odia song ‘Rangabati’ by MTV Coke Studio, a popular experimental music platform.

We Odias (yes Odias. Odissi is the dance) are warm-hearted and mostly simple. We are peace-loving and not very confrontational. We are a little lazy and this laziness escalates multiple levels post lunch. It is rumored that once we move out of Odisha, there is an astonishing enhancement in our efficiency and ambition, and we flourish in whatever field we pursue. Quite an agreeable bunch. And yes, most, if not all, Odias have two things in common:

1) We complain a lot. We are always whining about how we have been neglected for decades. There is an eternal wait for someone to come and reestablish our lost glory. And when, once in a while, that someone comes, we acknowledge their effort with the PTL Syndrome.

2) We suffer from the PTL (Pull the Leg) Syndrome. Whenever any one or more of our fellow brothers or sisters does something creditable, we unfailingly and systematically pull them down. Pull the Leg and cripple the idiot! We also suffer from chronic STM (Sling the Mud) Syndrome. But that story is for another day.

Rangabati’ is a Sambalpuri song from Odisha (originated in Western Odisha) that has over the years attained a cult status. A creation of Prabhudutta Pradhan with lines penned by Mitrabhanu Gauntia, the song has been sung by Jitendriya Haripal and Krishna Patel. To term the song as merely ‘very popular’ would be a glaring understatement. ‘Rangabati’ is much more than that – almost an anthem, ubiquitous in most marriage processions, melodies and festivities.

Before proceeding, I would like to confess that I am not at all conversant with the dialects, literature, culture or music of Western Odisha and will also not pretend to be knowledgeable of the same. I have utmost respect and consideration towards the sensitivities of the people of this region. I am a firm believer in the idea of a united Odisha and feel the amalgam of varied cultural flavors make my Odisha a beautiful place. I also know for a fact that people from all parts of Odisha love Sambalpuri songs and we can never be grateful enough to the makers of ‘Rangabati’ for gifting us this masterpiece.

The song, which was originally sung in Sambalpuri dialect, has been re-created on numerous occasions and in many languages in the past. And recently MTV Coke Studio released a Coke Studio-ish rendition of the same. The music has been rearranged by Ram Sampath. Odia girl Sona Mohapatra of ‘Ambarsariya’ fame has lent her voice to this version. Odia boy and ‘India’s first ‘Rawstar’ Rituraj Mohanty also croons along, blending ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ (Odisha’s State Song) with ‘Rangabati’. There are also a couple of rappers rapping in Tamil in between the verses.

Coke Studio, by their own confession ‘an experiment in fusion music’, has gained enormous popularity and has built up a sizeable group of admirers both in India and abroad.  As I type this, Coke Studio’s ‘Rangabati’ on YouTube has 1,521, 225 views, 19,655 likes and 1,297 dislikes. Close on the heels of the online trend, the new “Rangabati’ has received overwhelming positive response from a vast majority of the public  and overwhelming bitter objection from a select few which includes the makers of the original.

Naturally there are many questions. Why did they have to put the Tamil rap in between? How could they sing ‘Bande Utkala Janani’ with ‘Rangabati’? Sona’s pronunciation was terrible! Did she have to jump like that? What was the need to recreate it? Songs like these should be best left alone. Messed up lyrics! Is Rangabati actually a folk song? Copyright issues? Right or wrong? By all means there always will be questions especially when it is regarding the remixing of a song that a certain region and generation is so emotionally attached to. And these questions might very well have merit – no one is denying that!

Response to a piece of music is a personal, instinctive and an emotional affair. To be honest, I personally didn’t like the song initially as I thought it lacked the verve and energy of the original. After a few listens, however, it grew on me and now I love it and appreciate the effort behind it. However, it would be nonsensical on my part to vote for a population if certain music should exist or not.  ‘Let the listeners decide for themselves’ should be the overriding formula.

But some detractors are alleging that this rendition of ‘Rangabati’ has brought ‘Shame’ to Odisha. Shame.

I think Shame is being ruthless in our criticism towards Sona for mispronouncing a word or two when we are completely cool with our Chief Minister failing to speak the least acceptable sounding Odia even after holding office for more than 15 years and counting. I won’t even be a teeny bit surprised if our CM does not know where the Hirakud dam is and I am mighty serious.

Shame is being absolutely oblivious to who Jitendriya Haripal, Krishna Patel, Prabhudutta Pradhan and Mitrabhanu Gauntia were and what they were doing for the past 40 years.

Shame is when we moan about the fact that Odia language is dying and the youth are not listening to Odia music while, in the very same breath, denouncing a fellow Odia’s visibly earnest endeavor to promote our music beyond the borders of our state.

Shame is when one of the original singers, as a panelist in a television debate where he was vehemently opposing the recreation, was asked what part of the new version he found ‘twisted’ and he responded with ‘ I haven’t heard it properly yet’.

Shame is when the same Sona Mohapatra performed ‘Rangabati’ at a concert organized by a leading Odia entertainment channel exactly two years ago and lakhs of people watched it and its multiple repeats on their television screens without flinching.

How can an attempt to introduce an Odia song to the country and world at large by two Odias bring shame to Odisha? How can the makers of the original song feel that the remake is an insult to the original?

We need to understand that nothing and absolutely nothing can replace the original ‘Rangabati’. The original’s standing is unparalleled. We loved it and will always do. The fact that Sona Mohapatra decided on ‘Rangabati’ to represent Odia music speaks volumes about the original. Originals are the inspiration behind remakes and their essence is never lost. Having said that, I strongly believe there is an inherent need to re-introduce our classics and masterpieces to the younger generations and keep re-re-introducing it for the future generations. For instance, so many Kishore Kumar and R.D Burman classics have been remade and remixed. And these remixes have only served the purpose of popularizing their music and creating a larger audience. They have never disgraced the original or have threatened to diminish its popularity. Like they say, change and adaptation is the way forward. But if we continue to exhibit such severe rigidity to change, in the form of merciless fault-finding, we will miserably fail in promoting the rich music of our state beyond the realms of Odisha.

It cannot be contested that Coke Studio provides a tremendous opportunity to stage our regional music to music lovers spread across the country. ‘Rangabati’ is the first Odia song ever to have been heard and lauded by so many people outside of Odisha. Is this not a fine beginning and something to be proud of?

As a proud Odia, who has always tried to showcase the wonders of my state to the little world of friends I have outside Odisha, more than ashamed I am feeling a little hurt today. Because ultimately, the reality is:

Two young Odia musicians, who have earned some name and recognition on a national level, in an enthusiastic attempt to open the windows of Odia music to a wider audience base outside the state, re-created the Sambalpuri classic ‘Rangabati with a modern feel to it in their own way.

Now to accept it or reject it should be left to the audience. There might have been a few lapses. But at the end of the day, they are only our fellow Odias who wanted to celebrate their roots. There does not seem to be any ulterior intention behind this endeavor. How difficult it is to be a little forgiving and magnanimous?

I am not saying that the Coke Studio version of ‘Rangabati’ is perfect or that there is no scope for betterment. I am no authority when it comes to music, but a lot of simple errors could have been avoided if some more thought and care was invested in the project before releasing it. Like taking permission from the original makers never hurts. Engagement with them can only enrich the performance.

But criticism can be bitter or it can be constructive. The kind of criticism the makers of the original and a few others have subjected the new version to, is stinging, brutal and hateful.

As an Odia, I can’t help but imagine how absolutely beautiful it would have been if the original makers, being very senior in the profession and held in such high regard, had shown their large-heartedness and congratulated Sona Mohapatra along with a few words of advice. How gracious it would have been if they had even mildy reprimanded her, as is done to a junior when he or she makes a mistake. How fitting would it have been if they had communicated their feedback, recommendations and words of caution so that she, as an ambassador of Odia music, was extra careful and considerate the next time she attempts something like this.

(Picture Courtesy: mtvindia.com)

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* Tanaya Patnaik is the Executive Director with Sambad, Radio Choklate and Kanak TV. She tweets at tanaya_p

83 COMMENTS

  1. Hadn’t you written this piece, I was thinking of coming up with something like this for sure! COuldn’t have agreed more with this! I hope it gets shared more often and people who have the habit of complaining keep their mouth shut and enjoy the music! I loved this song absolutely and thanks to Sona and team to bring Odisha to a global stage, no doubt we are there, but thanks to her nonetheless!

  2. Who blamed you.. actually they wanted to sing Rangabati song at Coke Studio instead of you…thats why they r doing drama… we proud of u Sona madam…

  3. Awesome piece!! Glad we have an educated liberal new generation of Odias coming up and a Panda/daitapati fearing generation of odias, having 15th century conservative ideas withering away.

    • So true, Why Ms Tanaya got hurt as a odia ? Sona is an Odia and we feel proud to listen her voice for Rangabati? Ms Tanaya don’t you sing this song at home? and your near and dear if they listen to u then they will be hurt as odiya ? Mind your business! Don’t give such low level coment . I am hurt now by reading you coments!

  4. Carry on Sona Mohapatra..we support you..Well done for recreating this masterpiece in a national platform ….all d odia people don’t have d same mentality… Proud of you…

  5. Here someone (Sona) commercially exploit the Property belonging to another should have been a little bit sensible. But, however, things can be settled with proper reconciliation even after events. its normal to have debate. There is nothing to be sentimental about it. But, however, the mining of odisha commercially exploited by illegal means or using the same generation after generation under the shield of legislation is extremely bad in terms of spirit. There is still time, that those illegal mining mafia using the property of others should voluntarily return the money to exchequers. The notional loss made to country because of non-auctioning of mining since independence should have been returned by the mining People. Do you agree ?

  6. Beautifully written.. Especially the last paragraph requesting the original singers to give a feedback.. Absolutely loved it!

  7. A bit lengthy post but apt. Just loved the part where you said, ‘ once we move out of Odisha, there is an astonishing enhancement in our efficiency and ambition, and we flourish in whatever field we pursue’ and it is true to its core. Anyways, in a place where people are still getting murdered for allegedly involving in witch craft I am sure they will never be able to understand the real meaning of fusion music. Being an Odia, it always hurts when some of us try to build a positive image of Odisha outside, people back home portray exactly the opposite of it.

    • Thank you! I appreciate the feedback. Yes, the post was a little lengthy I agree. Will try to be more precise in future.

  8. I love this rangabati.., but you should do it ..in a better way.., i think there is a copy right violation too, they have the rights ..they are not wrong.., they are your elders ..respect them..for inventing the original song…and they deserve a fair compensation but 1 crore sounds unfair(what,if you sell this rangabati rights ,will that be worth this much money before this new song..,i think no! It’s worth not penny ), sona made this song alive out of the casket for the likes of new generation ..full credit to the talent ….,..! I’m with sona…she is beautiful, with nice voice,attitude..she can represent odia culture in a bigger platform….like no other could ever before…!!

  9. I picked below two phrases from this article, that what I would say if anything regarding this matter would be asked to me. BTW great article..Thanks to write in such a beautiful way..If this was happened to any other state song or in any corner of world I do not think people would be reacting such discouragingly..we need to change our mindset..

    “How can an attempt to introduce an Odia song to the country and world at large by two Odias bring shame to Odisha? How can the makers of the original song feel that the remake is an insult to the original?”

    “Two young Odia musicians, who have earned some name and recognition on a national level, in an enthusiastic attempt to open the windows of Odia music to a wider audience base outside the state, re-created the Sambalpuri classic ‘Rangabati with a modern feel to it in their own way.”

  10. Yeah we odias have this habit of cribbing at all times and places…just lying around and cribbing while doing nothing !! I as a popular food blogger, have experienced the criticism even as I try and showcase popular Odia recipes for the world. And the lesson that I have learnt is that one cannot please everybody. Maybe 10 years down the line, more Odia ppl will remember Sona’s rendition rather than the original….

  11. What they have done …nobody had done during these 40 years. From a singer point of view we heard first time a familiar odia song retuned at national and international level. And Noway Rangabati and Bande Utkala Janani has been mixed up with each other. Both have been sung apart and in a separate note. So Stop criticizing and be Proud.

  12. Brilliant write! Resonates with me. I was born, educated and brought up in Sambalpur. I also see that most of us Odias are laid-back, litigant and fuss about every topic in the world; only till they are in Odisha. Once they move out, they are gems of team-members and I have found most of them climb the success-ladders.
    Rangabati, this way or that way is a piece of art and is an indelible part of my childhood. Rather than criticising Sona, I would salute her for being non-discriminating and picking this song up, which is the heart of Western Odisha culture.
    And yes, WO mass still cribs about discrimination in all circles!
    Get Up. Show Up. Never Give Up! You have the talent, show your will!

  13. I guess firstly Odisha and its various dialects must stand together. I remember singing rangabati as a kid and Odias from other end of Odisha used to laugh saying it was a TRIBAL song. Instead if belittling or taking offence , the originators of rangabati shouldponder on the fact…. why didnt the Odiyas take this song seriously thirty years back and why is suddenly this becoming a international craze??!! Rather than complaining lets we Odias bask in the glory.

  14. Agree to this and more. We, as a people, have to change the way we look at ourselves and the world, and as you said, the PTL and the STM has to vanish if Odia has to survive.

  15. Beautifully written! Very well summarized! I was one of the people who was curious about the comments for feedback from the ‘others’.. N was surprised to find out people cribbing than appreciating the music..!

  16. I agree with you.basically u had uplifted the song to a very exciting level n i have heard this more than 25 times.and will keep on hearing this coz i love the way u have made it Sona.Not only i,but also my friends,family and relatives super enjoy this. We all r proud of you….some people cant see n think what they r losing by doing certain activities, they are called fools…i appreciate u wrote this piece….those who r wise enough can understand automatically.

  17. When we they tried to represent it on such a platform, they would have done it more carefully. Sona’s pronunciation of words were pathetic and it was already commented in her earlier stage performance video of youtube. The most horrible part of the latest version is she repeatedly telling ranga ranga..Do you know what that mean in sambalpuri.? Its a kind of slazing words to third gender.

  18. This is what is wrong with Odia people. Even if somebody tries to do something, forget about appreciation, people would try to find the bad things and every single thing would be compared to the culture of the state.. The state is full of morons..

  19. hello sona…. i dont know whether u wud ever read my comment…… but if u do so.. trust me this song is one of ur masterpiece… u really did a favulous job. Representing odia music at international level is really worth appreciating.

  20. Firstly, Music has nothing to do with copyrights and shit. The more beautiful you make a song sound, the more different it is from the original.
    Secondly,the original composers should be proud of the fact that, because of renowned artists like Sona and Rituraj this song was popular on a National Level. Criticism is always welcomed but unnecessary wishful criticism should be ignored and avoided.

  21. Whtevr thy say u dnt hear…..didiiii
    U r really made it aswm…..proud f uhhh

  22. I have few pin-pointed questions for Sona Mohapatra

    1. Why the hell did you mis-pronounce certain words in the Original Sambalpuri Song ??

    2. Do you really know the meaning of “Ranga” in sambalpuri ??? You should take care of the colloquial meanings otherwise how can you make justice to a song….

    3. Do you promote plagiarism ???

    4. Who gave the authority to Rituraj Mohanty to mix “Bande Utkala Janini” (supposedly the Oriya Anthem) with a song like “Rangabati”?

    5. Do you have any respect for Odia Culture and the other cultures in the state for ex. Sambalpuri ?

    Plz remember, Sunny Leone is the best actress who can act with or without clothes… but I dont think she can ever win a National Award … So show some respect to the culture in the language you are singing

  23. I agree with Tanaya completely.Copying the Monalisa a thousand times over doesn’t make it any less of a masterpiece! In fact any original of value is copied for the same reason ..that it is of enduring value and modern renditions are ingenious ways of increasing its popularity and sometimes draws people to the original.So go ahead Sona..explore your roots!!

  24. Sona…we are proud of your achievements. And the song Rangabati is lovely . What you have written is apt…Odias outside their own state flourish. I can say that cause too have not grown up in Odisha. But like you am proud of my roots. Its sad when your own people don’t appreciate your contribution. Kudos to you and your team. Keep up the good work.

  25. Thanks Tanaya for such a detailed explanation about the attributes of we odias. Its bitter but true. I do admit to the points PTL and STM syndrome .
    I do agree to the fact that , this is one odia song “Rangabati – by COke studio ” has earned so much popularity and has fame not only in India but also abroad .However , what I feel is , the scenario could have been differnet .
    This could hv been kind of “encouragement and improvement” work instead of complete criticism .

    What I feel is , in this collaborative world , we all are quite aware of how popular we are on the forefront . Above all , if somewhere somebody is taking an attempt to popularize our roots ,then that should be a matter of pride for us all .
    There are many folk songs coming from different states and regions , that are so popular. Lets talk of Kesariya balam from Rajasthan , or Bengali or Gujurati song . Have we ever thought what could be the reason behind their fame .
    I feel , this is because , these music don’t step behind from experiencing a change .
    There have been multiple remakes and reversions of these songs , which does nothing more but adds to its popularity , in tune with its originality .
    Nothing lasts long and we all know that , change is the only constant and inevitable .

    Though I agree that somewhere the coke studio is at fault, and before releasing the version they could hv taken permission from the original musicians and composers .
    But after it is done so , let not complete criticism prevail .

    What I mean to say is let more such Odia songs come to the forefront , intouch with the originality , so that the soul of the music is not lost .

    When I heard this song “Rangabati – by COKE STUDIO” , I couldn’t stop myself from dancing .
    And it was the only song on my playlist for quite a few days .
    I could not change the playlist cos I was so very much mesmerized with this new one.
    I would rather congratulate both Sona and Rituraj for this attempt and I expect more such versions to come up that shall only add to fame of Odia music.

  26. Thanks Tanaya for such a detailed explanation about the attributes of we odias. Its bitter but true. I do admit to the points PTL and STM syndrome .
    I do agree to the fact that , this is one odia song “Rangabati – by COke studio ” has earned so much popularity and has fame not only in India but also abroad .However , what I feel is , the scenario could have been differnet .
    This could hv been kind of “encouragement and improvement” work instead of complete criticism .

    What I feel is , in this collaborative world , we all are quite aware of how popular we are on the forefront . Above all , if somewhere somebody is taking an attempt to popularize our roots ,then that should be a matter of pride for us all .
    There are many folk songs coming from different states and regions , that are so popular. Lets talk of Kesariya balam from Rajasthan , or Bengali or Gujurati song . Have we ever thought what could be the reason behind their fame .
    I feel , this is because , these music don’t step behind from experiencing a change .
    There have been multiple remakes and reversions of these songs , which does nothing more but adds to its popularity , in tune with its originality .
    Nothing lasts long and we all know that , change is the only constant and inevitable .

    Though I agree that somewhere the coke studio is at fault, and before releasing the version they could hv taken permission from the original musicians and composers .
    But after it is done so , let not complete criticism prevail .

    What I mean to say is let more such Odia songs come to the forefront , intouch with the originality , so that the soul of the music is not lost .

    When I heard this song “Rangabati – by COKE STUDIO” , I couldn’t stop myself from dancing .
    And it was the only song on my playlist for quite a few days .
    I could not change the playlist cos I was so very much mesmerized with this new one.
    I would rather congratulate both Sona and Rituraj for this attempt and I expect more such versions to come up that shall only add to fame of Odia music.

  27. Tanaya,
    The write up is very systematic. I agree with you on many accounts.

    But this is not an issue so big to feel hurt being an odia. From the title I thought you would be writing about the recently released socio economic caste census and odisha’s stand therein.

    secondly, the idea of Sona being an ambassador of odia music is absurd. Odia music is vast and Sona has no contribution to it yet. Only because She has a platform and a musician husband , she cant be made a nominee. and a chief minister can rule without knowing odia, as odia is not yet the official language of the state administration . But a singer has to pronounce well . If Sonu Nigam , babul Supriyo , Lata mangeskar can do it , why not Ms Mohapatra ?

    Thirdly , what Jitendriya haripal and Co was doing for 40 years ? If my information is right, immediately after the release of Rangbati , HMT signed a pact with him , according to the pact Mr haripal could not sing for any music company without consent of HMT and thus his career collapsed.

    lastly, you have a good sense of writing. Keep it up ! cheers !

    • Thank you Sobhan!
      I did not say that Sona Mohapatra is THE ambassador of Odia music nor has anyone nominated her to be. But she automatically becomes one when she is in a position where she can re-introduce and promote our music outside the state and that is what she had attempted with ‘Rangabati’.

      And a Chief Minister without knowing Odia can rule of course. But that still is a Shame.
      And there have been myriad songs where singers like Sonu Nigam, Babur Supriyo, Bappi Lahiri, Mohammad Aziz have totally messed up the pronunciation while singing Odia songs. Mistakes happen. But let’s not be so ruthless and kill the spirit.

      Thanks!

  28. Even I did not like the pronunciation but I LOVED the creation. It was a beautiful piece and since you are naturally not used to that pronunciation, its natural to expect some change in it. I have observed it years ago when Sonu Nigam sang a Bhajan for Lord Jagannath and Instead of saying କାଳିଆ he was saying at times କାଳେଆ

    I believe we all have to increase the tolerance to such things. And leg pulling any day is BAD for EVERYONE not just for a state or a country but for the whole world because that way we are trying to pull down good things and good creation.

  29. It is written beautifully. I see some commentators have critiqued you .
    That’s the way this world is.
    I am unaware of your background. But certainly you have the guts to speak out what you have felt within.

    We ) me and my family are very proud of you.

    Hara Misra from Phoenix, US

  30. Dear Tanaya

    let me start by saying that when I first heard Sona Mohapatra, a few years back, I said to myself, here is some artistic promise – Odiya or otherwise. However your article, as much it is a pleasure to read, misses the key issues and perhaps designed to confuse the real issues. Let us outline them in a systematic way

    1: Copyright infringment & blatant Plagiarism

    What stopped all the 3 artists and Coke Studio to publicly acknowldge the original source ?? I am sure they knew the details beforehand & what would be served by your suggestion of reverse magnaminity from the Original composers ?? After the kind of artisitic theft experienced by them !!

    2: Your article obliquely suggests that most of these criticism are due to the jealous / cribbing nature of Odiyas. I can assure you that quantitaively there are many more Odiyas and Odiya artists who are very successful people in their own rights than the 3 artists concerned. I don’t think anyone is grudging them their limelight and space under the Sun. It is just the musical harakiri of a classic that got people upset and of course the inappropriate usage of ” Vande Utkal Janani ” there.

    3: Let’s not delude ourselves for a moment that Mesers Sona & Rituraj are doing the noble work ” Introducing Odiya music ” to the outer world as you suggest. his is a naive & uninformed view at the best and hubris at the worst. There are have been doyens of Odiya Music who have taken their work globally and have become successful without compromising their artisitc integrity.

    • Santosh Mishra could you elaborate your point 3 with example. Really I would love to hear some such people name..unfortunately I don’t think anyone there..so better you write having some fact…

  31. Kudos for the article which attempts to awake the ODIA inside us. We seriously need introspection. Saw a banner at bhadrak saying blah blah about Bande utkala Janani. Called by Bande utkala janani mancha. Bulshit. Has the mancha ever tried to listen the song which gives goosebumps?? Has the mancha tried to know how many odias knew this fact that Vande utkala janani is state song? Who is the writer? Has anyone filed any complaints that how we odias are killing our mother tongue by interacting in hindi even knowing odia. Has anyone complained that our odia film name comes with like ” love you humesha” couldn’t have we found a odia name for the movie? Has anyone filed any case when we listen bhajan sung in film song music? Shame! Shame that I am odia. Shame that we still pull legs of each other and we still keep us behind others.

  32. Well done sona ji…we all support you…no one will. Stop to support you. Because you are the proud of our odisha..because odisha is one not like Western odisha people say thay are separate from odisha..

  33. Why and how do we remember singers and their masterpieces???

    Is it the way they sing ,give respect to the music they sing , their full justice to the song which makes it a masterpiece and the singer as a legend..or is it the commercialization of the song…I know that long ago singers used to give priority to the song and the lyrics of the song because if lyrics is wrong,there is no song….but now a days forget the lyrics or even just mumble., music is there to cover it up..is it real music ?????just pick a song that is already famous before, edit as per your choice n suitability and add masala music to it…it will surely put your feet to dance ..but its not music..its only the rhythm that u have invented and for popularity u have added a fraction of the loved masterpiece…

    ..then where is the talent.???

    Sona madam just did the same….if u sing a song your soul has to travel through the lyrics and bring the charm out …but if u don’t have that much of sense, being a singer too, to devote some time to the lyrics and the feel of the original song,how can u do justice to it when u remake it…just fumbling some lines in an awkward manner and adding bizarre loud music to it don’t make it a successful remake,rather murder it.

    .how come the non odias like Kumar sanu,Sonu nigam,Udit narayan and a lot more are singing our odia songs in a flawless manner n with no mistake… Its because they respect music and true music n devote their soul to the pure understanding of whatever they sing, let it be of any language..it’s totally not at all acceptable that a singer of odia origin upon whom some people even have conferred the designation of” ambassador of odia music ” is unable to sing an odia masterpiece correctly even to a little extent also…..it fully shows the lack of love and devotion and people who think it as a step towards our enhancement are purely misguided….had she sang the song fully and In a purely correct way of lyrics there was a chance of development but she ruined it…those who are praising it are not doing the same for the song but for the bizarre music and the world way of commercializing it….the original song has not been given any credit in it if you judge it by heart.,thats the shame part in it…

    People say that we odias are leg pullers and had it been any other language song then their people were must to appreciate it…..u do one thing then..just pick any state song say Hindi song and sing it on a national level by mistaking the lyrics …I don’t think u will sing anything again in life..no body has guts to do that and how could either..remember lyrics is the soul of the song…I admire a lot how come odia people appreciate a song which is totally twisted in teems of lyrics…singing wrong lyrics is nothing other than mockery ..instead they should insist the singers to correct themselves..first of all learn it fully,then attempt any exam..but if u think that just for the sake of making a song famous on a national level ,you can do anything like cut,copy,and paste work.,then you are a real stupid and not at all a music lover….outside world has nothing to do with the lyrics especially if its a regional song.,but where is your conscience…. U very well know the difference in meaning s….and still if you are on that side .,than only God can help us……..

  34. Hye yes we know that Odisha is not so developed but you should remember that u r also a child of this land only. Ya I agree that Odisha is over reacting on the song “Ranga bati” but still what ever u wrote in the 1st paragraph is nt soo coooll!! Atleast u should respect a little.. The thing u wrote in the 1st paragraph is very bad..

  35. When you use any others property or Creation, the onus is on you to check the nitty gritty and you can’t be violate the same and day dream of being mildly reprimanded. It could have been otherwise had there been any sensitivity on your part. The tone of the article is rude and UN apologetic that speaks all that it is meant for eyewash.

  36. When you are condemning the CM of not being able to speak words in Oriya, why are not condemning Sona Mohapatra.I think you are too educated to politicize this issue

    Secondly I have no problem in wrong pronounciation.But when it changes the meaning of the word ,then I do have a problem..Ranga and rangabati have different meaning .This is for you kind information.

    Having said that I have absolutely no problem when one remix a song.The words should be pronounced properly otherwise the song will loose its essence.

    But if A Mohd Rafi can sing a oriya song without any faultt ,if anuradha padwal can sing a oriya song without flaw why not Sona Mohapatra….After all she is an oriya.

    Last but not the least dear madam please read about Ram Shampath’s history…If he could file a case against Rakesh Roshan for using his music for a film without his permission ,why didnt he took approval from the original composer…is it because the composser of Rangabati is lesser known…or for the facts that people like you will support this double standard composer…

  37. Im not an Odia..though i have been living here for around 6 years now..Being a bong and growing up in calcutta i was always musically inclined..when i came here in 2009 i was astonished to find out that people out here hardly knew Sona Mohapatra..much before ambarsariya her debut album, is one of the best indipop albums ive come across..with tracks like tere ishq nachaya, abhi nahi aana, bolo na..she was just tremendous in each track..her collaboration with the band INXS for the song afterglow is also awesome..well for “Rangabati” i will heap the same praises on her..she is a prolific singer in all aspects..
    As for remixing and mis-pronunciations..A. R. Rehman did a rendition of a very famous poem by Rabindranath Tagore..he ws far frm good pronunciation..ther was some additional hindi lyrics..and also a rap in english..and i dont thnk ther ws such an uproar..i sincerely believe that artists should have complete freedom..if you are nt liking it..give it a pass

  38. Thanks a lot Tanya to represent the youth feelings so very well. The permission issue definitely should be taken care before releasing the song. But the critics have gone way too far in pulling legs. I feel Sona and Rituraj gave a befitting punch to Odia music. Its representation in a popular show like Coke Studio is an ode to our language,culture and music. We should be proud of those guys. Ram Sampath added Tamil rap to it, and I feel its a fantastic fusion of East meets South. Im proud of each word and tone expressed in music. When we can accept a English speaking CM for years together, we should also learn to appreciate efforts of the musicians to bring in this revolution. we look forward to listen more of Sona and Rituraj remaking other odia songs too. Proud to be Odia only when Odia respect another Odia on a global forum!

  39. Hi Santosh. Thanks for your feedback.
    I did not write this article with any intention to confuse or defend. I wanted to explore another angle to this entire issue, outside of copyright violations, pronunciations, economics and other technicalities. I just us Odias to think of this entire happening as a learning curve.. Encourage dialogue and feedback and constructive criticism.. So that these errors ( that people are so relentlessly pointing out) are not repeated again and the process of taking our music outside the state continues in a healthy way.

    And I never intended to to suggest that Sona Mohapatra was introducing our music to the world. I should have used the word ‘ re-introduce’ for better clarity.
    Thank you!

    • If she has such talent, she needs to do an original song in odia having such demand on Youtube. Itz enough now,our limit is upto feeling proud only for the old creativities and making a business of them. We have to create new if we are claiming we are the best. Sad to say we are importing non odia who takes huse amount of payment singers also whose songs no one listens outside odisha.

  40. Its been a master piece n i would like to thank from the soul of my heart to you sona mam rurturaj n ram sapath sir for their gracious effort to make odisha n us proud… Thank u so much again all of you.. Once again bande utkal janani…ame odia ame badhia…

  41. Leg pulling will be there always with us…whether it’s a good article or a recmposing a song or making an effort to introduce your language to the world…people will be there to pull your leg. This is called typical ODIA. We can’t do anything towards our culture or towards our language…but whoever will do we will try to stop them.

    @Tanaya Patnaik : It’s really nice artiacle. I like becuase I feel proud to be an ODIA. Thank you.

  42. ODISAS LAZY, SO TAKE ALL LIBERTY OF THEM

    Dear Tanaya,

    Good to read your point of view on Rangabati controversy. Remix of old songs is a trend now -a -days. Absolutely there is no problem in making a remix of popular Odia song Rangabati. But, why the original lyricist, music composer and the singers were not kept in the loop while going ahead with the remix.
    Perhaps MTV Coke Studio, Sona Mohapatra and her husband thought that Odias’ a “lazy” and, must be busy in “leg pulling”. The Odias won’t be able to raise their voices, won’t mind.

    Two points to think about it.

    The lyrics do not gel with the tune of the remix. The heroine of the song is a shy belle who says, ” Laje laje nain jauche matha, nai kara nai kara atha…”.

    The repetition of the word Ranaga Ranga Ranga … is an insult to the original song. The word Ranaga in Sambalpur dialects refers to a transgender.

    Thanks for your forward looking comments on Rangabati issue.

    With best.

    Arpita Bisoi

  43. Okay. So, this post comes second after the absurd post that Times Now put up about Deepika Padukone. Through most of it, I was just wondering what the Editor was actually thinking.
    I think they did an absolutely PHENOMENAL job with the song. Had it not been for them, people wouldn’t even know a song like this existed. It’s beautiful on so many levels (I got goosebumps when he sang “Banded Utkala Japan”).
    As per why she’s “Jumping around” because she loves what she’s doing. She loves how the song sounds, she loves everything that’s happening there. Are you gonna judge her for jiving to her own music?
    And if you ask me, you’re sort of making a point here, by proving to the world that You are narrow minded. You are “PTLs” as you would like to call it. And you are not good at your job. Please come up with better stuff to write thay demeaning people for doing something better than you ever will.
    Disappointed.

  44. I am bedazzled with the content and the thought of this writing.It’s an eye-opener for our Odia Community and culture. Way to go Tanya

    Thanks
    Samrat

  45. They are propagating our folk tunes to the world, but we odiyas in return making them embarrassed in the name of dilution. so sad.

  46. Didn’t find it nice to read!! You have loathed the homeland to the ultimate! In the entire process of condemning the State, you forgot to add valuable details. Odias are well known outside for being hardworking.
    And one more important thing I want to say, is penning a song on transgenders is not an offence? If the remix lands Sona Mohapatra in trouble, I guess unimaginable consequences await the original writers.

  47. Liked the article very much!!! Hope, the mentality of the people will change and they will learn to accept the changes going around them. We are trying to bring back our lost glory and nice to see so many Oriya guys working in big multinational companies, also occupying good posts.

  48. You know, the biggest tragedy of being an Odia is the fact that we have become a community who cannot see success and fame coming to anyone. Those who have been criticizing this immensely great work of #Sona, #Rituraj and the entire Crew, forget that this particular effort has made the beloved songs of we Odia people – #Rangabati and #BandeUtkalaJanani known worldwide. Yes, worldwide. The efforts of those who have been criticizing this cound never have achieved what #Sona has.

    For me, I am proud to be an Odia and more proud of the fact that someone like this team took an initiative to put us on International Arena. #Proud of you Dear Sona. Cheers to You.

  49. From your post –

    The repetition of the word Ranaga Ranga Ranga … is an insult to the original song. The word Ranaga in Sambalpur dialects refers to a transgender.

    Not to demean or put things in a wrong way, but it seems that you are not in the modern world where Transgenders have been accepted as a part of the society. In our country too, they have now rights to Vote, Contest Elections and also the Application Forms of Many University and Colleges have this mentioned as a choice of selection where you will put your Gender. So if people of Sambalpur think of “transgender” as a bad word, they should rethink instead of feeling bad towards the song or the singer.

    Repeating of words is a part of this Remix thing so that must not be accounted for.

  50. Most of the people abasing the achievement of this song are the ones who cannot even name all the districts of Odisha or cannot even tell how far is Puri from Palasa. It’s funny to see them act like self styled saviors of Odiya culture.

    I believe the people protesting now should have also taken a stand against the cheap Sambalpuri songs (that are clearly not meant for educated mass). If yes, they should come up with the highlights. If not they should stop being hate n rumour mongers right now!

    I have seen people from nearly all parts of India , had it been a Tamil or a Telugu song remake, the natives would have acted as the promoters and advertisers of the song. They are proud n crazy about their lingual heritage.

    The above article by Tanaya aesthetically brings out the dilemma that Odiyas are really in now.

    I am no patent n copyright expert but it is mere common sense that why is the audience getting involved in copyright issues? As if they are to gain something if a deal is signed between the 2 parties.

    We are the potential audience and should mostly be concerned with the song and how it could have been better.

  51. Odia people never changed……as like PTL . they don’t know how to achive the best…sona n rutu are do best at their level…. U people r very good…..u r the best…….

  52. Good observation Tanya but I think major part of your career was spent in US learn more to give more comment. Regards

  53. To start-up with, loads of thanks to you for bringing this up in such a forum. After reading this article i felt so overwhelmed as you poured my heart out. After listening to all the criticism, i was very upset and wanted to convey my message to a larger audience or a forum like this.
    As you correctly said we people (Odia) are developing PTL and STM syndrome which is pathetic and we have to and need to come out of this disease.
    After listening to this music at Coke studio , I feel proud of being an Odia.
    My support will be always with Sona and Rituraj for taking one of our Odia folk song to a different level.
    Lastly, Thank you again for bringing this up.
    Jai Jagannath.

  54. Only change is constant…But we,the youth of odisha have to respect our rich traditions and at the same time to be open to any positive changes that uplift our society…we have to face the changing world…we dont want to perish….To achieve fame creativity is always entertained…Thanks sona and ruturaj….dont worry about the leg pullers…keep on making us proud

  55. Read the Odia translation of your piece in Sambad today. Couln’td resist reading the original, which i have, a few minutes ago. Good to see someone showing a mirror to all of us and forcing us to introtrospect. Your observations on our characteristics are spot on. Thank you. Incidentally, i have not seen (heard) the remix version of Rangabati and it does not really matter (to me) as the song has been endorsed and praised by many whose views i respect.

  56. Beautiful article… Well written… At least we should be thankful to Sona mam n Rituraj…for giving d scope to Odia music industry… After listening the song….most of d Telugu folks came to know dat…actually dis song is odia…not a telugu one…!!! Kudos to u…

  57. Kukur vuksi hajare, hathi chalsi bajare… Sona rocks..BT plz give some royalti to those people also…lol

  58. A nice piece of article.. we are proud of you Sona.. We are not in a position to make our state proud in such a big platform, but at least if someone from us does the same we should be happy and congratulate him/ her. One should motivate them to do more good work…

  59. first i stand and salute you miss tanaya,,,
    i want to ask those who criticise sona for this rangabati song, do they know what is the meaning of ODIA.in national level when someone knows that we are from odisha they look at us and reply ohh from south.then we gave our identity we are from there where Lord jagannath belongs and suddenly they reply and ask me why you people doing such kind of things with the lord, if you you say the Lord jagannath is yours then why you obey the thousands of years rules that made by the God himself, your people put the God’s Brahma photos on social media like one mad people open everything from his body and go naked in public. then i feel so shame as an odia, but our people have no shame on their face for that incident, they cheated by lots of chit fund but no shame, they have no brain.they only need 1 rupee rice to eat & some liquor to drink at evening and some nonsense issue to talk with some FALTU groups, they never criticisized the goverment, have they asked govt ever that how many job opportunity created, in odisha all parents want their kids would be an engineer have you ever think how many engineers have got a job in every year, how many new projects started working, how many facilities created for the farmer, no one wants know about these serious issues, we gave our farmers 1 rupee rice to eat if farmer will not go to farm and not working in the corn field then in future we have no foods and if our gov unable to creat jobs then we every year have lots of work less youth in odisha, i did not want to blame the gov but want to ask those youth why you willing to be an engineer why not a farmer.farmer not means a shame.lets came together and built an odisha that have enough food & money for our future.
    stop critsize Sona she took the odia music to a higher level with rangabati.
    I am proud as an odia for Sona, i felt shame as an odia for those who have critisize all odia who took our culture to a higher stage.

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