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March 22, 2016

Why You Should Know About Falguni Shah

Text by Simone Louis

Making a mark with her unique compositions, Falguni Shah is busy introducing the world to a genre called Hindi-Indie, an amalgam of classical and pop music

“I’ve always leaned towards music for comfort. When I was six years old, I was in a bike accident that left me hospitalised. My mother suggested music to help me cope. That was a defining moment in my life.” Mumbai-born Falguni Shah has come a long way since she started training in the Benares style of thumri at the age of three. Her debut album is featured in an exhibit representing the voice of Indian American artists at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, while her second album — Foras Road — with her band, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra, was shortlisted for a Grammy nomination in 2013. The ensemble is currently working on their third studio album.

The New York-based singer-songwriter is not only acclaimed for her vocal talent but also her ability to enhance Bollywood’s golden age music with a contemporary flair. One of her remarkable performances was alongside A. R. Rahman for President Obama’s first state dinner at the White House. ‘Falu’, however, still defines success by saying, “Bono (from U2) has been my role model for years. If I can do a tiny percentage of the work in India that he has done for Africa, I will consider myself successful. Until then, I’ll keep working.”

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