British-Pakistani opera singer Saira Peter has released her new song Marvi’s Marsiya (Marvi’s Tears). The new aria is based on the character of Marvi from sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s Sindhi folktale Umar Marvi.
The video for the Marvi opera song has been directed by British film director Michael Rouse, while the famous British musician Paul Knight has composed the music for the song.
The lyrics have been penned by Zafar Francis while the music was produced by Stephen Smith.
Talking to APP, Saira Peter said that Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai has beautifully arranged the famous folktale of Sindh.
In fact, “Marvi” is considered a symbol of love for one’s homeland, bravery, and justice. Unimpressed by King Omar’s splendor and wealth she refused to marry him and wished to return to her village folk. She was kept imprisoned in a fort for several years.
The opera singer said she had carefully incorporated all these elements into her new opera.
Peters has been coached in Western classical music by British Composer Paul Knight and in North Indian classical music by Chitrarupa Gupta and Ustad Fida Hussain Khan (Patiala Gharana). She sings ‘Sufi opera’ as she often lends her voice to poetry written by Sufi (mystic) poets of the 17th and 18th centuries including Baba Bulley Shah and Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai .
In 2019 she had launched an album on Persian poetry of renowned Pakistani writer and poet, late Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabbasum.
From : pk.mashable.com