When we say ‘India’, the first thing that comes to our mind is colours. The vivid colours of India. India is happiness. India is festivals. India is a song that never ends. India is a music that transcends. We say Music has no language. Music has a language – The language of love and purity. The one thing that represents the colours, the music, the festivals and the happiness of India is our own Bollywood. Bollywood Songs have the Rhythm and Melody to catch the hearts and minds of people around the globe. Apart from our Hindi or Urdu speaking neighbours like Pakistan and Afghanistan, the music and the colours of Bollywood and India have captured the hearts and minds of people in Nigeria, Russia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Egypt, Senegal and Malaysia – to name a few. The famous singers from some of these countries can sing Bollywood songs better than our own well versed singers. Below is a list of some of them and their songs.
English Singer Tanya Wells managed to master the art of singing gazals. Her speciality is Mehdi Hassan’s classics. Her sweet voice never fails to astonish the Hindi and Urdu music lovers.
She says, she owes her interest and passion for Indian music to Sahaja Yoga. Her parents used to practise Sahajayoga which took them to India. She studied at an International Boarding School in Himachal Pradesh for 3 years with her sisters. Her sister studied in India for 5 years. She went back to India after she turned 17 to learn Indian Classical music. During that time, she was soaked in Hindi music and she can understand Hindi. As far as Urdu is concerned, gets the lyrics translated if she doesn’t understand the meaning of any words.
Urdu Gazal by Tania Wells
Canadian Singer Nelly Furtado was born in Victoria, British Columbia for Portuguese Parents. Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists.
Nelly earned a huge Indian fan base after she did an Indian remix of her track Powerless along with Montreal-based Indian band Josh.She says she really like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
Though she cant speak Hindi, she says while growing up in West Coast of Canada where there is a large percentage of Indians, some of her Indian friend’s parents taught her to sing in Hindi.
To be frank – Though she thinks she can sing Hindi songs, she really can’t.
Natalie Di Luccio
Widely known as “Bollywood Soprano”, Natalie is an Italian Canadian Classical crossover singer from Toronto. In 2010 she began her career by releasing a youtube music video of Bollywood film songs, which caught the attention of A.R.Rahman .
She started her professional career in Bollywood with SOnu Nigam. Natalie has also worked with legendary Italian music producer Mauro Malavasi. Natalie was in a relationship with Indian film and television actor, Eijaz Khan from 2011-2015. They met on a plane during one of Natalie’s initial visits to Mumbai. She cited that Eijaz Khan was the inspiration for her first Hindi song
Amita Marie “Tata” Young is a Thai-American singer, model, actress and dancer. She is often lauded as Britney spears of Asia. She expanded her reach to India, recording the song, “Dhoom Dhoom”, for the soundtrack to the Bollywood movie, Dhoom. Dhoom sold over 800,000 units in India, and was a phenomenal success for a soundtrack.
The song peaked at number one in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Later, she embarked on her Dhoom Dhoom tour. An EP entitled, “Dhoom Dhoom” was released in 2005 following the success of the song.
The “TATA” in her name came from India’s TATA company. Her father was in India for a short time before she was born. He saw the TATA name and liked it and gave his daughter who was born in 1980 the name Amita Marie TATA Young.
Noziya Karomatullo is a Tajikistan Singer. She definitely can sing Hindi songs better than Indian singers. She is the daughter of famous Tajikistan singer Karomatullo Qurbonov who died in an attack by bandits few years back.
Now if you want to know how she is able to sing Hindi songs better than our singers, here it is. She studied classical singing and dancing from New Delhi after completing her formal studies at Tajikistan.
For those who have no clue where is Tajikistan, we have some info about the country here. Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia with an estimated population of 8 million people as of 2013, and an area of 143,100 km2 (55,300 sq mi). It is bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east. Pakistan lies to the south, separated by the narrow Wakhan Corridor.
Mughal emperor, Babur came from Tajekistan.
She is the best among those who can sing Bollywood songs better than Indians
Azam Ali is an Iranian American singer and musician. Born in Tehran in Iran, she moved to India with her mother when she was 4 years old. She spent most of her childhood in Panchgani in India. She then moved to Los Angeles.
Now Azam is settled in Canada. Ali has released eight full-length albums with the bands VAS and Niyaz, as well as four full-length solo albums.
Ziyoda O’tkirovna Qobilova also known by her stage name Ziyoda, is a popular Uzbek singer and actress. She sings in Uzbek, Hindi and Persian.
She never lived in India but Hindi songs are popular in Uzbekistan.
Nesma Alaa Ali Mahgoub is an Egyptian singer. She is the winner of the Star Academy Arab World, the 8th season. Mahgoub is the second Egyptian to win in the show. In 2013, Nesma voiced Elsa in the Arabic dub of Disney’s Frozen, performing “Atliqi Sirraki”, the Arabic version of “Let It Go”.
And Finally ……………
And finally. The best. Thaliyaam.
The title is wrong. They are not Chinese but they are from Uzbekistan
Hindi movies were popular in Central Asian States under the Soviet rule. Hindi movies used to be dubbed in Russian languages keeping the songs in Hindi. This made Hindi songs big hit among Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Kazakhs. A special mention is Uzbekistan. Historically Uzbekistan is very much connected to India as Uzbek town of Andijan was the birthplace of Babur, the first Mughal ruler.
The Hindi singer from Uzbekistan, Gulomjonov Khakraman ,his father Ermatov Rustamjon Gulomjonovich, mother Ermatova Matluba Murotkhojaevna, and siblings Gulomjanova Shaknoza, Gulomjanov Dostonbek & Gulomjano have captured the heart and minds of Indians with their Youtube videos singing Hindi Songs especially from the Rajkapoor movies. Their music troupe ” Havas Guruhi” conducts Bollywood music concerts in Uzbekistan. Now the group is experimenting with Tamil, Marathi and Telugu songs. The funniest thing is none of these singers can speak Hindi. The group also performed in India in 2017.