Sona Mohapatra

Sona Mohapatra (born 17 June 1976) is an Indian singer, music composer and lyricist[1] born in Cuttack, Odisha. In addition to her own material, Mohapatra has recorded remixes of songs by David Bowie, with "Let's Dance", and INXS, with "Afterglow", with the latter proving particularly successful.[2]

Sona Mohapatra
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Mohapatra on Lakme Fashion Week 2017
Born (1976-06-17) 17 June 1976 (age 44)
OccupationSinger, Music Composer, Songwriter, Producer
Spouse(s)Ram Sampath


Sona was born in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh.[3][4][5] Sona is a BTech engineering graduate from the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar in Instrumentation & Electronics Engineering. She also obtained an MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD, Pune in marketing & Systems.[6] She later worked as the brand manager in Marico, handling brands like Parachute & Mediker amongst others.


Her first ventures in music industry started with advertising. One of her most famous jingles was for Tata Salt – "Kal Ka Bharat Hai" & the campaign for Unilever's Close Up has a section of her song "Paas Aao Na," which has been recorded in several languages and aired across 13 countries for four consecutive years. In 2007, she released her debut album, Sona, on Sony Records, which sought to explore the diverse styles of rock, rhythm and blues, Flamenco, Hindustani, Baul and Romani music.[7][8] In 2009, she released the single Diljale & Paas Aao Na in the same year. She sang the song "Bedardi Raja" in the movie Delhi Belly for Aamir Khan Productions[9] and did a cameo in it. She has also sung the theme songs "Mujhe Kya Bechega Rupaiya" and "Ghar Yaad Aata Hai Mujhe" for the TV show Satyamev Jayate. Her song "Jiya Laage Na" from the soundtrack of Talaash received rave reviews upon its release. Sona has her own band composed of guitar virtuoso Sanjoy Das amongst five more musicians and is an electric live performer who has played at a multitude of live venues including the Lincoln Center in New York & to stadium crowds in India in Chandigarh, Chennai & Siliguri amongst others . She has also headlined the international Jodhpur RIFF festival held at the Mehrangarh Fort. The song "Bolo Na" from Sona was appreciated by the audience.


Sona Mohapatra at the Women's Empowerment's concert in New Delhi, August 2012

Sona Mohapatra came to mainstream prominence with the trendbreaking talk show Satyamev Jayate with Aamir Khan, in which she frequently appeared as a lead singer and performer. She was also the executive producer of the musical project on the same show. Her cameo performances recorded more than 9 million views across sites as per the latest digital count. She confessed in a recent interview that the project was all consuming in terms of the emotional and physical energies invested. It involved multiple lyricists, unconventional subjects, and lots of brainstorming on the songs, lyrics, shoots and recordings. To top it all, all songs were translated and recorded in multiple languages.[10] According to Sona "Oriya influences in Bollywood are rare as yet – unlike an overdose of Punjabi, Rajasthani, Bengali and even Southern music. The song "Mujhe Kya Bechega Rupaiya," sung by Mohapatra, was composed by Ram Sampath and was aired on the third episode of Satyamev Jayate based on celebrating women's freedom. The song has received over 20 million hits on YouTube.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Sona is married to Ram Sampath, a song composer and music director in Bollywood. She first met him in 2002, while she was still working as a brand manager with Marico. They were introduced by director Ram Madhvani, with whom Sampath was working for Let's Talk (2002); they married in 2005.[6][12] Ram later became a household name for his innovative score of the film Delhi Belly (2011), followed by Satyamev Jayate (2012) and Talaash (2012).[12] Sona and Ram are partners in their music production house OmGrown Music and reside in Mumbai.[13] They also have their own studios in the same city.


In October 2018, she accused Kailash Kher and Anu Malik of sexual misconduct.[14][15] Recently, Mohapatra received a death threat after she lashed out at Salman Khan for constantly taking digs at Priyanka Chopra for leaving Bharat.[16][17]



Film Year Song Composer(s) Writer(s) Co-singer(s) Ref.
Family 2006 "Lori" Ram Sampath Sameer [18]
Jumbo 2008 "Chayee Madhoshiyan" Israr Ansari Sonu Nigam [19]
"Chayee Madhoshiyan"
(Remix Version)
Aagey Se Right 2009 "Daav Laga" Munna Dhiman [21]
I Hate Luv Storys 2010 "Bahara" Vishal-Shekhar Kumaar Shreya Ghoshal [22]
Delhi Belly 2011 "Bedardi Raja" Ram Sampath Akshat Verma [23]
"Bedardi Raja"
(Grind Mix Version)
"I Hate You (Like I Love You)" Keerthi Sagathia, Shazneen Arethna [25]
Talaash: The Answer Lies Within 2012 "Jiya Laage Na" Ram Sampath Javed Akhtar Ravindra Upadhyay [26]
Fukrey 2013 "Ambarsariya" Ram Sampath Munna Dhiman [27]
Bajatey Raho "Khurafati Akhiyan" Jaidev Kumar Kumaar [28]
Purani Jeans 2014 "Dil Aaj Kal"
(Acoustic Version)
Ram Sampath Prashant Ingole [29]
Khoobsurat "Naina" Amal Malik Kumaar Armaan Malik [30]
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami "Ghoor Ghoor Ke" Ram Sampath Sandeep Nath [31]
Hunterrr 2015 "Chori Chori" Khamosh Nath Arijit Singh
Raman Raghav 2.0 2016 "Qatle-E-Aam" Ram Sampath Varun Grover Yash Divecha
Taish 2020 "Re Bawree (Jahan Lost in Love)" Govind Vasantha Hussain Haidry


  • Satyamev Jayate – Mujhe Kya Bechega Rupaiya, Ghar Yaad Aata Hai Mujhe and Chanda Pe Dance, Bekhauff

Studio albumEdit

  • SONA (Song – Bolo Na, Aja Ve, Tere Ishq Nachaya, Abhi Nahin Ana )
  • Piya Se Naina on Coke Studio Season 3
  • Rangabati on Coke Studio (India), 2015[32][33]


  • Love is (2007) – Afterglow
  • Teri Deewani- Ishq Nachaya
  • Aao Ji – Aja Ve
  • Soulful Sufi (2009) – Abhi Nahin Anaa[34]



  • "Zalima" (from Raees)

Non-film SongsEdit

  • "Mon Ke Bojhai" with Sahil Solanki
  • "Ghane Badra"
  • "Aigiri Nandini"
  • "Piya Se Naina"
  • "Anhad Naad"

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Category Nominated Song Film Result Ref
Screen Awards
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Ambarsariya" Fukrey Nominated [35]
Star Guild Awards
2014 Best Female Playback Singer "Ambarsariya" Fukrey Nominated [36]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2013 Most Entertaining Female Singer "Ambarsariya" Fukrey Nominated [37]
Mirchi Music Awards
2014 Female Vocalist of the Year "Ambarsariya" Fukrey Nominated [38][better source needed]
2017 Indie Pop Song of the Year "Ankahee" - Nominated [39]
Global Indian Musical Awards (GiMA Awards)
2013 Best Female Playback Singer "Jiya Laage Na" Talaash: The Answer Lies Within Nominated [40]


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  31. ^ "Ghoor Ghoor Ke song details". iTunes. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
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External linksEdit

  Media related to Sona Mohapatra at Wikimedia Commons