Criticising the organisers of Mood Indigo, the annual college festival of IIT-Bombay , singer Sona Mohapatra today accused the institute of being ‘sexist’.
Criticising the organisers of Mood Indigo, the annual college festival of IIT-Bombay , singer Sona Mohapatra today accused the institute of being ‘sexist’ for asking her to get a man to perform on their stage along with her, a DNA report had said. The singer in her post pointed out a larger trend of ‘big music festivals’ of following the same practice of not having solo women performers as their headliners. “What cultural festival has for decades showcased only men headliners on their stage, be it music, literature, politics, comedy or ANY other domain? Yours – Mood I,” she wrote in her facebook, and added that other campuses in the country also do the same.
She added that for few years, she was receiving calls from Mood-I for a concert, but with a suggestion that “A man needs to be clubbed in on the marquee to validate my stage, a paid stage in particular. The ‘men’ have homes to support, we women just ‘work’ for ‘fun’!” she added in her post. Mohapatra also hit out larger festivals like NH7 for following the same route. “You have good company in festivals like NH7 & other big music festivals in such discriminatory practices, so take heart (one Anoushka Grammy Shankar doesn’t change the obvious, you boys!)” she wrote.
This was not the first time the singer was in news for expressing her opinion on social media. Few months back, she was attacked by die-hard Salman Khan fans for slamming the actor’s comments on rape. “Women thrashed, people run over, wildlife massacred & yet hero of the nation. ‘Unfair’. India full of such supporters,” she had tweeted.When contacted, a spokesperson for India’s premiere institute said that it had indeed approached Mohaptra, but she had quoted a sum, which was more their budget. “IIT-Bombay is the last place where you would encounter sexism. In fact, last month we had an event at our management institute where Tulsi Kumar gave a solo performance. Earlier this year, Asha Bhosle, too, had performed inside IIT,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report.