The recent Amphan cyclone left many dead and even more homeless. In its devastation across Orissa and West Bengal, Amphan is one of the worst cyclones to have hit the states. Singer Sona Mohapatra has now dedicated her latest song Nilamani to the victims of the cyclone. Sona said that she wanted to honour the resilience of the Odia and Bengali people. The music video also highlights the traditional art and artists from Orissa.
Talking about the cyclone Sona said, "We just braved the Amphan cyclone and I feel proud of the manner in which the disaster relief administration managed to evacuate over 3 lakh people in time. Also the state has not only contained the Covid pandemic well but shown a great humane example by successfully providing state run free buses to the migrant workers walking to reach the neighbouring states of Bihar and West Bengal."
"My friend, cinematographer Deepti Gupta and director of ‘Shut Up Sona', shot this footage of the beautiful countryside of Odisha during my travels there for a music concert. We decided to edit it during lockdown as a music video and created this song with Ram Sampath at home as an ode to the resilience of people against adversity and also to put a spotlight on the folk artistes of our land who carry the heritage of our civilizational ethos, " she added.
Due to the logistical issues in the current pandemic Sona Mohapatra has shot and edited the music video at her home. Sona has also received help from her husband and composer Ram Sampath.