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Falu's Bazaar

by Falu

Falu's Bazaar is a musical journey through South Asian Culture that the whole family can enjoy. The album celebrates instruments, languages, sights, and humanity of a diverse world by musically traveling through a fictional Indian Hulululu Bazaar.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Name
1:32 $0.99
2. Tararum Pumpum
3:36 FREE
3. Shapes
2:35 $0.99
4. Hulululu Bus
3:39 $0.99
5. Rainbow
3:22 $0.99
6. Bazaar
2:50 $0.99
7. Masala
2:32 $0.99
8. Pots and Pans
3:03 $0.99
9. Teddy Bear
2:21 $0.99
10. Nishaad’s Lullaby
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Falu’s Bazaar is a vibrant and diverse album of Indian children’s music from Falu, an international artist known for her unique blending of modern and classical stylings. This playful yet educational collection is the first of its kind, teaching South Asian culture through a spirited presentation to today’s youth. Join Falu and her incredible band on a musical journey celebrating the instruments, languages, sights, and humanity of a diverse world.

On Falu’s Bazaar, the artist explores how arts and roots can be both cherished and preserved if introduced to children early on. Falu 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. Her play-based writing style on these songs keeps the learning experience natural and fun, allowing the educational elements to come through organically.

Falu’s Bazaar represents a complete journey through a fictional Indian Hulululu Bazaar, showcasing the unique aspects of Indian life. While on the excursion, children experience South Asian culture from the vibrant foods and spices at the market and from the people and languages that they encounter. They will hear common words in Hindi and will learn about geography, Indian rhythms and melodic notes. The trip even leads them into an Indian kitchen to be exposed to different flavors and cooking tools.
In Indian culture, traditional music is taught orally from generation to generation, as it has been done for 5000 years. In keeping with that history, Falu features three generations on this album performing a variety of ancient vocal stylings. In fact, the album concludes with a lullaby that has been passed down through five generations in Falu’s family. In addition to vocal techniques and themes that may be new to many listeners here, there is also a wide selection of Indian instruments including the Indian flute bansuri, tabla and harmonium presenting new and distinct sounds for fresh ears.

"Such a fun, much-needed album! Not just gorgeous vocals and dynamic rhythms, but you are taken on a journey and learn so much on the way. Kids can sing along easily and absorb little nuggets of new vocabulary and culture through song and dance!" -Sheetal Sheth, actress, author, producer

"Finally, Falu has released an album for children. The same catchy licks and hypnotic voice but this one is filled with the joy of childhood." - Aasif Mandvi

The album starts with “My name”, sung by Falu’s 5 year old son, Nishaad, who teaches children how to say their names, the names of their parents, their age and address all in Hindi. “Tararum Pumpum/The Signal Song” is an upbeat dance track that teaches how to follow street lights and signs. On this track, the listener is introduced to the improvisational element of Indian classical music, known as ALAAP, which features Falu improvising over a given melody with different permutations and combinations of notes, or ornaments. “Shapes” teaches children the names of four main shapes in Hindi. The call and response element on this song comes from the Indian oral tradition of learning music called Guru Mukhi Vidya.

In “Hulululu Bus”, listeners get to travel by bus to the market, meeting and saying hello to people from different places in various languages along the way. This song has a rhythm in between verses that was Inspired by Harrapan mohenjadaro culture and civilization. On “Rainbow”, a counting song, children learn how to say colors and numbers from 1 to 7 in Hindi to a rhythm (taal) named rupak, a seven-beat cycle in Indian music which can be verbalized as "Tin Tin Na Dhin Na Dhin Na." At the “Bazaar” we learn names of multiple flowers, fruits and vegetables in Hindi as they pick one of each from the market to a sweet beat. Then with “Masala” we learn names of different spices to emphasize taste and smell elements in Indian cooking while the klezmer-infused “Pots and Pans” features different tools and utensils used in an Indian kitchen.

“Teddy Bear” is a strong groove focused on the theme of unity, encouraging us to embrace each others’ languages and expressing love and respect for our cultures. The album ends with “Nishaad's Lullaby”, sung by Falu's mother to her grandson in her native language Gujarati. This is Falu's family legacy song that has been passed on for five generations, a gift they hope to keep alive by sharing their deep roots and rich traditions with their children, to continue to be passed on for years ahead.

Produced by Grammy-winning producer Danny Blume and by Deep Singh, and performed with her impressive band, the album was inspired by performances curated by Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Education in New York City. Bryan Vargas co-wrote all the songs with Falu (Falguni Shah), Soumya Chatterjee joined as co-writer on “Pots and Pans” and “Rainbow” and played the violin and acoustic guitar on the album. Shah’s husband Gaurav Shah, played harmonium and bansuri as well as acting as executive producer. Producers Deep Singh and Danny Blume assisted as well with Singh on percussion and tabla and Blume on bass. For show dates, translations, workbook pages and more information on all of these songs, please visit www.falumusic.com.

Falu is internationally recognized for her rare ability to seamlessly blend a signature modern inventive style with a formidable Indian classically-shaped vocal talent. In her early years in Bombay, singer Falu (aka Falguni Shah) was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition and in the Benares style of Thumrie. She later continued studying under the late sarangi/vocal master Ustad Sultan Khan, and later with the legendary Smt. Kishori Amonkar (Jaipur style). Originally from Bombay, Falu moved to the States in 2000 and was appointed as a visiting lecturer at Tufts University. Falu’s subsequent career in the States had led to a series of brilliant and high profile collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler and A. R. Rahman amongst others. She was appointed Carnegie Hall’s ambassador of Indian Music in 2006, where her shows at Zankel Hall have consistently sold out. Falu has performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House and was also the featured performer at the Time-100 gala in 2009. Her songs have appeared on numerous compilations and in numerous soundtracks. She was described by The New York Times as “East and West, ancient and modern” and by Billboard as “Ethereal and Transcendent”. Her first album “Falu” was featured in Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s “Beyond Bollywood” exhibit as representative of the voice of Indian American trendsetting artists. In 2015 Falu was named one of the 20 most influential global Indian women by the Economic Times of India.



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