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Sona Mohapatra – Sona (Sony BMG India)

Monday, July 28th, 2008

sonamohapatra_4.jpgHome is where the heart is and despite earning an engineering degree, an MBA and a plum management position, Sona Mohapatra’s heart just wasn’t in it.

The Indian beauty with the ‘ancient voice’ had been balancing the corporate world and her musical passions for years. Then the moment came when, she explains, “the idea of an album was shaping up and I wanted to work on this full time.  That’s when I decided to quit. ” While her self-titled debut is firmly grounded in the tenets of Hindustani classical music, it sounds completely fresh and accessible to western ears, and that was all part of her original idea. Sona believes, “She can be a part of that set of people who can define a contemporary Indian sound outside of just film music.” Her stunning new video is a testament to her own convictions to “live life and be elevated by the spirit of the song”. A chance collaboration with INXS hasn’t hurt Sona’s new career as a pop star. While touring India, the band picked Sona to cut a new track with them because her voice was a good match for their new Canadian frontman, J.D. Fortune.

 Key Tracks: Aaja Ve, Ishq Nachaya

6 Responses to “Sona Mohapatra – Sona (Sony BMG India)”

  1. Steve Tilson Says:

    This is an outstanding album. Your comment struck a chord with me because our track picks are at a parity: definitely Aaja Ve (check out the video at http://www.myspace.com/sonatheartiste) and Ishq Nachaya!

    Ishq Nachaya, besides being a sonorus musical composition, also contains a most beautiful Punjabi love poem – originally penned by the Sufi saint Bulle Shah in the 18th Century.

  2. Cal Koat Says:

    Thanks for taking time to write about Sona’s album, Steve. I really appreciate the additional background information on Ishq Nachaya. The video for that song is beautiful as well. I checked out the MySpace page for your band, The Ruminators. Very cool stuff! Maybe we could get a copy of your latest for review as well?

  3. anjan mahato Says:

    she is a awesome singer and i love her peculiar voice .im gonna mad on her voice im a student of mba 22 yrs byeeeeeeeeeee

  4. sangram keshari badamali Says:

    she is fantastic…i believe she has a good career ahead…god bless her…u have a long way 2 go sona…carry on…

  5. Saurabh Says:

    she is beautiful,she is a good singer

  6. Rajeev Yadav Says:

    i still wonder why i cant hear any more albums from this great singer, her voice has the magic….keep going mona….

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