Veteran film writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, on Tuesday, hit back at the Madariya Sufi Foundation for allegedly threatening singer Sona Mohapatra to take down a music video.
Mohapatra, in a series of tweets on Monday, had alleged that the foundation had sent her a notice to remove her latest video ‘Tori Surat’ as it doesn’t conform with their norms of a ‘Sufi song’.
Akhtar took to Twitter to condemn the organisation “in strongest possible words”.
“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,” said the 73-year-old.
The tweet where the ‘Ambarsariya’ singer had opened up about the threats, read, “Dear @MumbaiPolice 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 flare communal tensions.I need to know whom to write in my response to at ur end.”
She further wrote, “The Madariya foundation along with the agreement of the Nizamuddin Dargah have an issue with the description of my Tori Surat music video, “earthy incarnations of the feminine Divine” & with “a sleeveless dress and body exposing dancers”. Basically with everything woman & free. Dear @MumbaiPolice the Madariya Sufi foundation claims to work for Sufism, peace & universal brotherhood in their threatening notice to me. I ask you & #India ,what about the ‘sisterhood’?Why is it that in this day & age the women expected to cover up, not sing or dance in public.”