Texas A&M University–Kingsville Presidential Performing & Visual Arts Series 2016 is proud to announce that the singer “Falu” is performing at Jones Auditorium on Tuesday, October 4th at 7 p.m. Falu is an internationally acclaimed Indian singer that is able to seamlessly combine the Jaipur style and Benares style into a beautiful melody. The performance will be free, and open to the public.
Falu was a student of the late legend Ustad Sultan Khan but now is a student of the great Smt.Kishori Amonkar. Falu has been featured by a lot of big names in the music industry like Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler, and A. R. Rahman. In 2006, she got the honor of being selected as Carneige Hall’s ambassador of Indian Music. But one of her biggest accomplishments yet is performing at the White House in front of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for the First State dinner in 2009. She has also performed at the Time-100 gala in front of high profile guests like Oprah Winfrey. Falu’s music has been used in many soundtracks including Angelina Jolie’s documentary “A Place in Time”. Falu has released two albums “Falu” in 2007, and “Foras Road” in 2013. She has done live performances with these songs aired in FOX TV, National Geographic TV, and in the National Public Radio. Her album “Falu” was featured in Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s “Beyond Bollywood” exhibit as the representative of the voice of the Indian American trendsetting artists.
The student body at TAMUK is looking forward to have the privilege to see Falu perform, especially the International Student Organization (ISO). The president of the ISO Ajinkya Pawar said that, “We are very excited to see her because she is a very famous in the US, and I have seen videos of her on YouTube and she is extremely talented”. Falu which is currently on tour with her new projecect “Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra”, was named the top 20 most influential Global Indian Women in India’s Economic Times. The New York Times de- scribed her music as “East and West, ancient and modern”. Also Vogue described her music as “a rare brand of timeless elegance”.
Falu’s concert is can’t miss event that is re- freshingly different and will be an amazing learning experience for students who are not familiar with her type of music, and culture. Even people that are familiar with Indian music will learn something since Falu’s music is different as said by Nilofar Sayyad, The Vice president of ISO. She said that Falu’s music brings a different type of flavor to Indian music, “Usually we listen to same Bollywood songs, but Falu brings a different type of music that is very entertaining and still traditional”.