NEW YORK – Falguni Shah, an international artist known for her unique blending of modern and classical styles, will be inaugurating her new album ‘Falu’s Bazaar’ on Feb. 16.
Falu’s Bazaar is a collection of songs for children that teach them about Indian culture through song.
In this album, Shah explores how arts and roots can be both cherished and preserved if introduced to children early on as she believes that by teaching young children about different cultures, they will grow up to respect the diverse world as a place for all to live peacefully.
The lyrics are penned down in a play-based writing style which keeps the learning experience natural and fun, allowing more educational elements to factor in.
Falu’s Bazaar takes the children on a complete journey through a fictional Indian Hulululu Bazaar, showcasing the unique aspects of Indian life.
By hearing common words in Hindi and learn about geography through Indian rhythms and melodic notes, children will experience all aspects of Indian culture from foods and spices at the market to the people and languages they encounter there, eventually leading them to the kitchen of an Indian home.
“In Indian culture, traditional music is taught orally from generation to generation, as it has been done for 5,000 years. In keeping with that history, the album features three generations on this album performing a variety of ancient vocal style. In fact, the album concludes with a lullaby that has been passed down through five generations in my family,” Shah said, in a statement.
The album starts with the song “My Name,” sung by Shah’s 5-year-old son, Nishaad, in which he teaches children how to say their names, the names of their parents, their age and address all in Hindi.
Other songs in the album include “Tararum Pumpum/The Signal Song,” “Shapes,” “Hulululu Bus,” “Rainbow,” “Tin Tin Na Dhin Na Dhin Na,” “At the “Bazaar,” “Masala,” “Pots and Pans” and “Nishaad’s Lullaby,” which is sung by Shah’s mother to her grandson in Gujarati.
The album has been produced by Grammy-winning producer Danny Blume and Deep Singh, while the songs were written by Shah, Soumya Chatterjee and Bryan Vargas.
Chatterjee also played the violin and acoustic guitar in the album while executive producer Gaurav Shah played the harmonium and bansuri (flute) as Singh played percussion and tabla and Blume was on the bass.
Falu’s Bazaar was inspired by performances curated by Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Education in New York City.