London-based musician Tanya Wells has left listeners dumb-founded in the past with her renditions of music by Mehdi Hassan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Wells has yet again blown us away by singing Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poem Gulon mein rang bhare.
“As spring is around the corner in England, I want to sing this one,” Tanya Wells shares in her latest video.
A few months ago, The Express Tribune published a blog about the British musician who loves singing in South Asian languages such as Urdu.
“I lived in India for a while and I studied at an international boarding school for around three years. The place was beautiful since it was situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. We used to sing bhajans (devotional songs) in various languages – such as, Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit and Urdu. It’s because of this reason that I developed a flair for singing in different languages.”
When asked how people have responded to her singing, Tanya said, “I have had such a surprising and wonderful response from fans in Pakistan. Many people have been pleasantly surprised by my accurate Urdu pronunciation, which is encouraging. I still have much music to learn and much riyaz to do. Of course, I would love to perform in Pakistan one day.”
Listen to Tanya’s rendition of Gulon mein rang bhare by Faiz Ahmed Faiz here: