Music without borders: International artists who embraced the magic of Indian music

International music artists
Diorange, Bala Boys, CassMae. Photo: Instagram

Music transcends language barriers, and Indians are renowned for their diverse taste in melodies. In India, music is an inseparable part of life, permeating every aspect, from joyous celebrations to movies and events. Indian cinema, in particular, places great emphasis on songs, making them an integral part of storytelling. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that many of these soulful tunes have captured the attention of musical artists worldwide, inspiring them to reinterpret or infuse these songs with their unique styles. Here are 5 such artists who have embraced Indian songs and added their creative flair to them.

CassMae, a talented German singer-songwriter, took India by storm with her mesmerizing renditions of multiple Tamil songs, including devotional tracks. Her exceptional skill in precisely enunciating the Tamil lyrics has earned her well-deserved recognition. CassMae, whose real name is Cassandra Mae Spittmann, expresses her deep affection for Indian music and showcases her versatility by singing songs in various Indian languages, including Malayalam.

From soul-stirring renditions of Lord Murugan, Shiva, and Ganesha stotrams to enthralling performances of popular Kollywood songs, this visually impaired singer has delighted netizens with her powerful vocals. With unwavering precision, CassMae flawlessly delivers every part of the songs, leaving audiences in awe of her remarkable talent and passion for Indian music.

Swedish music artist Diorange has become an internet sensation, pleasantly surprising Malayalis with his awesome remix of the song 'Kalakkatha' from the film Ayyappanum Koshiyum. Infused with funky beats and an energetic rendition, Diorange's remix has given 'Kalakkatha' an exhilarating and amplified makeover, garnering widespread appreciation.

Diorange first gained recognition when he shared a remix of the Bollywood song 'Patakha Guddi,' composed by A R Rahman. The remix took the internet by storm, amassing over 19 million views on Instagram. His unique talent and innovative style have earned him a devoted fan base, especially among young Indian music enthusiasts who admire his work. Enthusiastic Indian fans have flooded Diorange's social media with comments, urging him to even visit India for a music concert.

The Bala Boys
Singapore-born and raised twins, Sriram and Ganesh Balasubramanian, are carving their path to success halfway across the globe in the glitzy city of Los Angeles. The talented duo gained prominence by enchanting audiences with their soulful renditions of Tamil songs. Their remarkable skills caught the attention of none other than the music maestro, A R Rahman, when they performed the song 'Veera Raja Veera'.

Having been awarded the prestigious Berklee Asia Scholarship, they pursued their education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating as part of the Class of 2021. Now, they have set their sights on Los Angeles to further hone their musical talents and embark on a promising career in the music industry.

Tanya Wells
Tanya Wells, the British-based singer and songwriter, captured the hearts of many when she beautifully sang the National song of India, 'Vande Mataram'. Her connection with India runs deep as she spent three formative years living in the country, attending school in the serene foothills of the Himalayas. During her time in India, she developed a profound interest in Indian classical music, immersing herself in the nuances of various genres, including light classical, thumri, bhajan, and ghazal.

After returning to England, Tanya's love for Hindustani music never waned. She continued her musical journey, dedicating herself to mastering the art of ghazals. Her passion and dedication shone through as she performed in numerous clubs and festivals in India, earning accolades from local audiences.

Emma Heesters
Internet sensation Emma Heesters, who is a Dutch singer, captivated the Indian audience with her rendition of Harrdy Sandhu's 'Bijlee Bijlee' song. However, Emma's musical prowess extends far beyond that single track. With a remarkable talent for languages, she has ventured into singing not only in Hindi but also in Tamil, effortlessly covering a wide range of popular songs from India.

Emma's mesmerizing performances have been gaining recognition among Indian music enthusiasts, prompting her to record even more covers. Her impeccable accent and flawless pronunciation make her renditions stand out, earning her a growing fan base in India. Not content with just singing in the original language, Emma adds her own unique twist by translating songs into English, infusing them with her distinct touch.

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