Since the past few days, the sambalpuri song “Rangabati” from Odisha has been the center of attention due to some copyright claims being asserted. “Rangabati” was recently performed in MTV’s Coke Studio by composer Ram Sampat, and singers Sona Mahapatra and Rituraj Mohanty. Soon after the performance aired, they received a legal notice by the copyright holders of the original song, Lyricist Mitrabhanu Gauntia and Music director Prabhudutta Pradhan, with a demand of Rs 1 Crore compensation for copyright infringement. Furthermore, the track is being used in “I am Kalam” director Nilamadhab Panda’s next film Kaun Kitney Paani Mein. However, the director has clarified that he has all the requisite permissions for using “Rangabati“!
Mr. Panda has stated that he has taken written permission from the Lyricist and the music director of the song and since he belongs to the same region of Odisha he wanted to give a tribute to the land. He says
“I am very proud of bringing my own soil through this song to Hindi cinema, also I kept the basic rhythm and its essence.”
He further added that he hopes the dispute between the singers and original composers of the song will get solved amicably soon.
Starring Kunal Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Gulshan Grover and Saurabh Shukla, the film was screened recently as the closing film of the Jagaran Film Festival. It received a standing ovation! Kaun Kitney Paani Mein is slated to release on the 28th of August, 2015.