An Engineer & MBA with a successful career, Sona gave it all up to pursue her first love – the stage. Her self-titled debut album had several hit singles, with music videos like TereI shq Nachaya , Bolo Na & AajaVe becoming regular features on the top of the charts. Her next single Diljale became the highest streaming video on the Nokia Global network. This was followed by Paas Aao Na – a tune that was licensed to an ad campaign for Close-Up. The song went on to become the Close Up signature tune, and was sung by Sona in several languages and aired across 22 countries for 4 years consecutively. This has made it the most heard and promoted song by an independent artiste anywhere. Sona features in this season of Coke Studio MTV India.
Sona has also lent her voice to Bollywood hits, including Bedardi Raja and I Hate You (Like I Love You) for Delhi Belly, JiyaLaage Na for Talaash and Ambarasiya for Fukrey&KhurafatiAnkhiyan in BajaateyRaho. With sold out shows across the country and in New York, she has also collaborated with legends like David Bowie, and the popular track After Glow with INXS& co-written & released an EDM hit with DJ John Fleming.
However, it was not until her recent performances on Aamir Khans popular TV show SatyamevJayate, that she truly became a household name. Her single MujhekyaBechegaRupaiya went viral with 5 million hits on YouTube in the first week alone.
Winner of the L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Award for Performing Arts and Music in 2012 and the BIG-Star Entertainer of the Year Award in the same year, Sona Mohapatra is getting critical recognition to match her popular acclaim.
Sona aspires to make soul music in many genres, music that moves you and therefore her music could be called, Desi Soul. Desi means Indian. She loves to infuse ancient & modern poetry with sounds that blend folk roots, Hindustani classical, Sufianakalaam , eastern Baul music, contemporary rock ,funk & blues. Sona grew up all across India , small towns and some bigger cities thanks to her father itinerant job. While she trained in Hindustani classical music for over 12 years, these constant moves ensured that she was not influenced by any one particular school of music & developed her own unique style instead.Each of the places became a part of her, imprinting their sights and sounds and music to her aesthetic palate. Sona moved to Mumbai in the post the year 2003 to find a city on the move. The timing was right, the whole country was on the move after years of stagnation- and Mumbai was leading the charge. She fitted in naturally and immediately plugged into the energy of the trains and the color of the crowds, finding the paradox of traditional life coexisting with unbridled modernization very much in sync with the person she is and her music.
The city's longing for love and lucidity amidst the fractured rhetoric of commerce inspired the songs of love and longing and acceptance in her music. Sona formed her first band in this city and also teamed up with well-known composer & record producer Ram Sampath, to release her solo debut album on SONY music. This album went on to win all the awards in its category in the year 2007. Her videos AjaVe and TereIshqNachaya were featured amongst the top world music videos by a US world music channel called Link TV.The association with Sony Music also lead to a collaboration with the legendary Australian band INXS for a desi version of Afterglow. Sona has been amongst the first two artistes from India to be featured on the world music series called The Music Voyager on National Geographic. This series is slated to go across over 137 countries and is hosted by Jacob Edgar, head of Cumbancha records.
Sona is a fantastic live performer who lives for the high of being on stage & is most alive in front of a crowd, the larger the better She believes that she is fuelled by a very unique feminine energy called Shakti from the goddess Durga.