New Delhi: Grammy Award-winning Indian-American singer Falguni Shah, known as Falu, has released the official video of her special song promoting millets in collaboration with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Titled “Abundance in Millets,” the song not only highlights the benefits of millets but also recognizes their potential in addressing global hunger. Sung by Falu and her husband Gaurav Shah, the song holds significance as 2023 has been declared the International Year of Millets by the United Nations.
In the song, listeners will hear a segment where PM Modi has written and narrated a speech in his own voice, adding a unique touch to the collaboration. Falu expressed her honor and humility to work with PM Modi on the millet song, sharing that the idea came to her after meeting him in New Delhi following her Grammy win. During their conversation, PM Modi emphasized that India promotes millet due to their exceptional nutritional and health value.
The video for our single “Abundance in Millets” is out now. A song written and performed with honorable Prime Minister @narendramodi to help farmers grow millets and help end world hunger. @UN declared this year as The International Year of Millets! pic.twitter.com/wKXThL2R5Z
— Falu (@FaluMusic) June 28, 2023
PM Modi praised Falu’s efforts, tweeting on June 16, “Excellent effort @FaluMusic! There is abundance of health and well-being in Shree Ann or millets. Through this song, creativity has blended with an important cause of food security and removing hunger.”
The International Year of Millets was designated following a proposal by India and the endorsement of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Governing Bodies of the United Nations, as well as the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly. The song, featuring lyrics in Hindi and English, aims to raise awareness about millets as a potential solution for reducing world hunger, as stated on Falu’s website.
Millets, which are grown in over 130 countries, have long served as a traditional food source for more than half a billion people in Asia and Africa. The release of the millets song video comes at a crucial time, drawing attention to the nutritional value of millets and their potential contribution to addressing food security concerns globally.