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.
"What cultural festival has for decades showcased only men headliners on their stage, be it music, literature, politics, comedy or any other domain?"
Mohapatra added that for three years, she had received calls from Mood-I for a concert, but with a "caveat". A "MAN" needs to be clubbed in on the marquee to validate my stage, a paid stage in particular.
She also wrote in her post, "I am no privileged Birla daughter cutting the line & lip-syncing a "plus one" song on a global festival stage". "The "men" have homes to support, we women just "work" for "fun"!" she added in her post. "Women thrashed, people run over, wildlife massacred & yet #hero of the nation". However, IIT-Bombay has denied the allegations and said that her fees was beyond their budget. Despite the success of Anoushka Shankar, writes Ms Mohapatra, music festivals like Mood Indigo and NH7 create 'boys clubs.' Worse, "that you don't even see the blatant sexism that your institute and festival is propagating is sickening", Ms Mohapatra writes.