Bhojpuri singer and songwriter Diamond star aka Guddu Rangila has come up with an unusual fusion of coronavirus and the festival of colours-Holi.
Rangila is extremely popular in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. His songs, mostly vulgar, are based around Holi which has earned him the moniker ‘Holi Samrat’.
The singer and songwriter is obsessed with "lehenga" and "bhauji". All his songs revolve around these same words- "Apna lehenga mein NRC laagu hokhey na dem", "Holi mein izzat nahi bachat ho", "Mot pichkari majanua ke"- are some of his tracks.
Rangila's new song is titled '‘Humra lehenga mein coronavirus ghusal ba". His ability to combine the novel coronavirus which has killed over three thousand people world-wide and Holi, along with his favourite words "lehenga" and "bhauji", has left the internet both amused and infuriated.
Rahul Srivastav, Additional SP, Uttar Pradesh police took to Twitter and slammed the song. "Shameful - on the one hand, people are terrorized by coronavirus, on the other hand, the so-called "Diamond Star" Guddu Rangeela is crossing all limits of stupidity under the guise of this virus," he wrote.
Other Twitter users also lashed out at the singer-songwriter. "This Guddu Rangeela is a blot for anyone who even remotely connects himself/herself with Bhojpuri language and the region," said a user.
"Bhojpuri movies and songs have done irreparable loss to the beautiful language and culture," wrote another user.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions: