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News |  13 Jun 2016 14:33 |  By RnMTeam

Falu's Bollywood Orchestra to perform with Asha Bhosle at US' Filene Center

MUMBAI: New York-based singer Falu, also known as Falguni Shah, will be performing with her band Falu's Bollywood Orchestra along with Asha Bhosle during one of the legendary singer's last concerts.

Reports which offer links to tickets for the show say it is part of the Farewell Tour of the “The world's most celebrated 'playback' singer” will be held at the Filene Center , Wolf Trap, on 29 June 2016.

Asha Bhosle, The Farewell Tour With Wolf Trap Orchestra And Falu's Bollywood Orchestra

Asha had announced her intention of performing her last live concert during her tour of the UK in May this year, saying the tour would be held in September this year.

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Asha Bhosle announces dates for last live concert of her life

Falu's Bollywood Orchestra is the Mumbai-born singer's third project. Her music beautifully blends old classical Indian melodies with contemporary western sounds. She has collaborated with a wide array of artists including A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Yo-Yo Ma (in The Silk Road Project), Philip Glass, Wyclef Jean, her trainer Ustad Sultan Khan, Blues Traveler, Ricky Martin and Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic).

In a conversation with Radioandmusic.com, she said, “I want to tour all continents with my band Falu's Bollywood Orchestra. That is what I'll be working on in 2016. I also just launched my fourth project at Carnegie Hall that is made especially for kids called ‘Falu's Bazaar’  in which we teach children in the US, South Asian Culture, and Language through Music.” 

“Our Bollywood Orchestra and Falu's Bazaar are the latest two projects that I will be focusing on, and I am excited to perform with Asha Ji” she added.

While talking about her singing style, her last album, and her priorities, she said, “I'm very ambitious and extremely driven and want to bring Indian music to every household in America and in the rest of the world. That spirit motivates me. I have trained in different styles of music from a lot of different teachers, for example in Thumri and semi-classical music, by Kaumudi Munshi, classical music by Ustad Sultan Khan and Kishori Amonkar. In America, I have got jazz, pop, and rock training from Donna McElroy from Berklee College of Music in Boston.  So I'm comfortable switching back and forth between Indian classical to American pop to Indian semi-classical to rock music anytime.”

According to her, her latest album ‘Foras Road’ was inspired by the thumries she learnt from my teacher Kaumudi Munshi during her childhood and by watching a movie called ‘Umrao Jaan’. As she wanted to visit her roots again she decided to build Foras Road as an album.

 “I want to make a difference to the world, to India, through music. If I could do one per cent of what Bono has done for Africa, for India, I would consider myself very lucky and honoured,” she says.