“Bridging cultural gaps with music… She [Falu] and her band mix Hindustani classical — a fusion of Arabic and South Indian music — with pop and Oriental styles. It is East and West, ancient and modern.” – The New York Times
“Ethereal” and “Transcendent” – Billboard
India born, New York-based songstress Falu is set to release her highly anticipated album Foras Road on May 28th. Taking its name from the oldest red-light district in the Indian city of Mumbai, Foras Road captures the enduring musical traditions and cultural history of India's centuries-old brothels, and was produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Danny Blume(Jewel, Lisa Loeb). Singing in seven different South Asian languages throughout the album, Falu blends Indian classical and folk music with her own original compositions, plus adds a modern flare of acoustic instrumentation. Each song explores themes of womanhood, romance, longing, love, and loss, while shedding light on the hardships of being a courtesan during those times.
In her early years in Bombay, Falu was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition, and Benaras Gharana of Thumrie by Smt Kaumudi Munshi, honing her talent for up to 16 hours a day at times. She later continued studying under the late legendary sarangi/vocal master Ustad Sultan Khan.
Soon after moving to the States, the critically-lauded singer recorded and performed alongside a wide array of artists including: A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Yo-Yo Ma (in The Silk Road Project), Philip Glass, Wyclef Jean, her mentor Ustad Sultan Khan, Blues Traveler, and Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic). Her songs have also been featured in multiple blockbuster films, including Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut A Place in Time.
Live, Falu delivers captivating performances. She has sparked the interest of all types of music enthusiasts, pleased the toughest of critics, and performed nationally on FOX TV and internationally on National Geographic TV. She has also sung at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center - a special performance for the Dalai Lama – and The White House forPresident Obama’s first State Dinner in honor of the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of Falu’s most stunning performances was at the Time 100 Gala where she performed a duet with Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman in front of the one hundred of Time Magazine's most influential people in the world, which included First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.