Father Velangini Thumma, a Catholic priest from south India recently released Divine Melody, an album that Angelus called, “a unique fusion of classical indian and American music” — which may be the broadest way to describe it. In Thumma’s songs, a diverse range of styles are juxtaposed at close intervals — from contemporary Christian music to old Hindi film songs, from Hindustani classical to rock.
In his interview with Angelus (available in full here), Thumma reveals that he is a fourth-generation ecclesiastical musician. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all organists at the church in his hometown of Guntur, in Andra Pradesh, India.
Divine Melody is available through his website, or on iTunes.