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Business News/ News / India/  PM Modi pens song with Grammy winner Falu; Song ‘Abundance of Millets’ to be launched today
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PM Modi pens song with Grammy winner Falu; Song ‘Abundance of Millets’ to be launched today

Indian-American singer Falu has collaborated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create a song promoting the benefits of millet and its potential to alleviate world hunger.

PM Narendra Modi and singer Falu Premium
PM Narendra Modi and singer Falu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has collaborated with Falu, an Indian-American singer, who is also a Grammy Award winner for a special song to promote the benefits of millet and its potential to alleviate world hunger.

Mumbai-born singer-songwriter Falguni Shah known more by her stage name Falu and her husband and singer Gaurav Shah will be releasing the “Abundance of Millets" song on Friday.

The year 2023 has been designated as the ‘International Year of Millets’ after a proposal for it was brought forward by India and endorsed by Members of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Governing Bodies, as well as by the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly.

"Prime Minister Modi has written a song with me and my husband Gaurav Shah," Falu told PTI news agency.

The song, written in English and Hindi, will be made accessible to everybody and highlights the power of millets.

“Falu and Gaurav Shah will release the track ‘Abundance in Millets’ featuring PM Narendra Modi on June 16, 2023 in celebration of the International Year of the Millets. 'Abundance in Millets' was created to raise awareness of the super grain as another potential key to minimising world hunger," said a statement on Falu’s website.

Falu, who received the Grammy Award for Best Children's Album in 2022 for her album A Colorful World, said the idea to write a song about millets came to her when she met the Prime Minister in New Delhi last year after her Grammy win.

She said Prime Minister Modi suggested to her she should write a song with a message of ending global hunger during their discussion on the power of music.

Since music transcends boundaries, Prime Minister Modi suggested writing a song on millets, she said.

Falu said Modi told her that India promotes millet because it is a super grain and has immense health and nutritional value.

She said she very “naively," asked the prime minister if he would write the song with her and he agreed.

“We have collaborated on the song, it’s a single and it’s coming out on June 16," with a worldwide release on every streaming platform, she said.

Sharing her experience with PM Modi, Falu said, “It’s one thing to write for him and it’s one thing to write with him. In the middle of the song, you will hear the speech that he has written and narrated in his own voice".

“It is a lifetime opportunity for any artist", she added.

Millets were among the first crops to be domesticated in India with several evidences of its consumption during the Indus Valley civilization.

Grown in more than 130 countries at present, millet is considered traditional food for more than half a billion people across Asia and Africa.

On Prime Minister Modi's visit to America next week, Falu said, "I'm overjoyed and overexcited that this is happening...Only good things happen when two democracies meet".

This year Falu was invited to Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad wherein she performed during India and Australia match.

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Published: 16 Jun 2023, 12:33 PM IST
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