FALU’S BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA to Perform in Washington DC at Wolftrap

Falu's Bollywood Orchestra at Celebrate Brooklyn Concert
Falu's Bollywood Orchestra at Celebrate Brooklyn Concert (Photo via Facebook)

Fronted by one of India’s most influential musicians - who’s collaborated with masterminds including Yo-Yo Ma and A.R. Rahman - Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra combines the timeless elegance of Bollywood’s musical golden age with an inventive modern style. Catch Falu’s highly acclaimed vocals backed by an orchestra of Eastern and Western instruments for a one-of-a-kind performance.

The ensemble will perform at The Barns at Wolftrap on Friday, January 15 at 8 pm. Tickets and more information >

Watch: FALU'S BOLLYWOOD ORCHESTRA (YouTube)

Led by singer Falu (Falguni Shah), Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra is composed of Pala Garcia, Danny Blume, Dave Sharma, Deep Singh, Bryan Vargas, and Gaurav Shah.

In her early years in Bombay, Falu was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition and in the Benares style of Thumrie, honing her talent for up to 16 hours a day. She later continued studying under the late sarangi/vocal master Ustad Sultan Khan, and continues to study with the legendary Smt. Kishori Amonkar (Jaipur style).

Falu moved to the United States in 2000 and has since collaborated with many high-profile artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Ricky Martin, and A.R. Rahman. In 2006 she was appointed Carnegie Hall’s ambassador of Indian Music. The following year, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra released its debut album, Falu (2007). The recording was recently featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s “Beyond Bollywood” exhibit. The group’s follow-up album, Foras Road, was released in 2013.

Earlier this year, Falu was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Global Indian Women in India’s Economic Times.

Vogue describes the group’s music as “a rare brand of timeless elegance.”

Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra has performed for such dignitaries as Oprah Winfrey and President Obama.

Information Sources: Wolftrap and The Music of Falu official websites.