Singer Sona Mohapatra has courted yet another controversy after she posted a sarcasm-laden post aimed at popstar Katy Perry. Within moments of her social media post, she began to face incessant trolling.
Sona wrote on Instagram, “Dear @katyperry & @dualipa , Would you not have liked to hang out, speak music & learn a bit more about our glorious musical traditions with the real Rockstars & Music Makers of India? Maybe you’d like to attend this centuries old celebration I’m playing for? (Drop me a message) This is one of Asia’s biggest turnout & oldest celebration. Cuttack Balijatra 17th November, Sunday will be EPIC.”
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Dear @katyperry & @dualipa , Would you not have liked to hang out, speak music & learn a bit more about our glorious musical traditions with the real Rockstars & Music Makers of India? Maybe you’d like to attend this centuries old celebration I’m playing for? (Drop me a message) This is one of Asia’s biggest turnout & oldest celebration. Cuttack Balijatra 17th November, Sunday will be EPIC #SonaLive ———————————————- Bali Jatra literally means ‘A Voyage to Bali.’ This festival is held in Odisha in the city of Cuttack since 3 B.C to mark the day when ancient mariners would set sail to distant lands of Bali, as well as Java, Sumatra, Borneo (all in Indonesia), & Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) for trade and cultural expansion. Kalinga (Odisha ) was one of the first sea faring kingdoms of Asia. To commemorate this, the festival is celebrated every year from the day of Kartika Purnima (full moon day of the month of Kartika). It is one of Asia’s biggest congregation for trade & culture but little covered in media
No sooner did she share her post tagging Katy and Dua Lipa, her followers began to give her grief. One wrote mockingly, “Ha ha. She’s out of her mind.” “Drama queen is the way.. keep showing dissent,” commented another user. One user wrote, “You have a PR right. Get them on the job! You really think they will take not of your insta mention!!! I guess everybody who reads this will have “Haha yeah right” as a reaction to your post. Dont want to comment on your gig but you really have very high hopes. It’s not wrong to dream but to hallucinate that you’d be heard like this is way beyond.”
Katy was in Mumbai last weekend to perform at her first-ever musical gig in India. During her visit, she hung out with top Bollywood names such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Gauri Khan, Kajol, Jacqueline Fernandez. Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Ananya Panday among others. Filmmaker Karan Johar had even hosted a special party in her honour.
Katy’s decision to party with big Bollywood names and not invite her did not go down well with Sona. However, she rejected the notion that she was peeved over not being invited to the Bollywood party with the 35-year-old globally popular singer. She wrote on Twitter, “Thank you for understanding my cheeky post & getting the irony of the PR’d times we live in. That a music concert be promoted in this manner is so mediocre to say the least & then all the fawning over the white skin too. Why was @ItsAmitTrivedi missing on the hoardings alongside?.”
In another post, she wrote, “Q)Do I really want to meet these pop-stars from the West? A)No. Q) Do I have anything against them? A)No. Q) Do I feel sad about how we have very little pride in our own Desi-Music-Stars & are made to consume such trite pics in our papers? ??A)YES You should be too, #India.”