NewDelhi, May 12 -- Her feisty and flamboyant personality often reflects in her music. And perhaps that's what sets Sona Mohapatra from the rest. The singer says she is the only Indian female artiste to have professionally recorded the popular qawwali, Nit Khair Manga. To her, the song is "like a prayer to the music Gods and carries the message of peace and healing", and she believes "we need more of this in these times of uncertainty and turmoil" amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Proud to have sung this song, which will release soon, she says, "I realised many legendary singers have rendered this timeless Sufi qawwali, but it has never been officially sung and released by a female artist. To interpret this song from a feminine perspective has b...