New Delhi: A poem by eminent Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz has been put to music in a new album by vocalist Sonam Kalra, of the band Sufi Gospel Project. The song and video based on the classic poem "Bol Ke Lab", the first in Kalra's album was released yesterday to coincide with Independence Day.
"Over the summer months we have spent many hours in the recording studio, recording songs which will all come together in a new album, soon. "The song encourages you to speak out, a fitting message on the anniversary of our independence," Kalra said.
Faiz's poem reads "Bol, ke lab azaad hai tere/Bol, zabaan ab tak teri hai, Tera sutwan jism hai tera/ Bol, ke jaan ab tak teri hai." Loosely translated it means "Speak, for your lips are free. Speak, for your tongue is still yours, your body is still yours and your life is still yours".
The song and video has been put together with the support of the Faiz Foundation Trust. The Delhi-based musician is lead singer of the band 'The Sufi Gospel Project', which attempts to blend the voices of diverse faiths, through the use of song, music and the spoken word.
She trained in Indian classical music under Shubha Mudgal and Pandit Sarithi Chatterje and took to gospel singing while on a holiday in Singapore. Besides Kalra has also been trained in other western styles such as jazz and opera.
Her past performances include singing for the Urz of the Sufi Inayat Khan where she fused Gospel music with an Indian classical sound.