Sofia Ashraf

‘The Burqa Rapper’


Raptivist, feminist, fundamentalist, Sofia Ashraf has been called many things, but at the heart of it she is a strongly opinionated rapper who uses her music to comment on the current socio-political scenario of the country. 

She is a director and writer with over 15 years of experience in the fields of advertising and communication. She began rapping at the age of 18. 

If her music is a statement, the language she uses is slam-poetry & Rap punctuated by electronic sounds & folk chants. 

In 2015, she gained tremendous internet fame after she produced ‘Kodaikanal Won’t’, a video addressing the mercury poisoning caused by a thermometer factory owned by Unilever. The video went viral & resulted in the multi-national company compensating 591 ex-employees. 

She has worked with AR Rahman in movies like ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and Tamil movie ‘Maryan’.  

Sofia uses the medium of performing arts and music to challenge corporate globalisation, discrimination and hate politics. Sofia's primary objective is to help girls like her fight years of social conditioning and moral policing to heed their true calling.

Sofia picks up narratives that would otherwise skip our newsfeed & writes songs that addresses issues ranging from environmental issues, politics, patriarchal moral policing. She is currently a filmmaker making female-forward comedy content. Her stage shows are widely popular and are always housefull.

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