Music has this way of getting right to the heart of things. It has a way of lingering in the minds and hearts of people, lingering in the air. Music has the ability to cross borders and transcend cultural differences like nothing else does.
As it turns out, Hindi songs seem to be all the rage these days. There’re so many videos of this phenomenon on Youtube. There’s the Canadian groom who sang “Tum hi ho” to his Indian bride, the Armenian girl who sings “Gulaabi aankhein jo teri dekhi“. There are Bollywood lovers all over the world who sing Hindi songs and do a pretty good job of it.
Then there’s Jeffrey, the white guy whose Hindi songs are so good most of us have been forwarded one (or more) of his videos on Whatsapp.
Tanya Wells seems to have taken things up a notch. She’s an English woman who sings the very difficult ghazals of veteran maestros like Mehndi Hassan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
And all this, while strumming a guitar like she’s jamming with friends in a roadside cafe. She doesn’t just sing ghazals like “Rafta rafta wo meri“, “Mann kunto maula“, and “Duniya kisi ke pyar mein“, she does mash-ups, too. You haven’t heard anything till you hear “Dama dam mast kalandar” with a “No diggity” twist to it!
Born to a doctor-slash-songwriter father, Tanya inherited the gift of music and has spent many years honing her innate talent. She studied in a boarding school in North India and that’s where her interest in Indian music began.
I hope I can show that music can be universally integrated without cultural or racial boundaries.