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Abundance in Millets

A song by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Falu, Gaurav Shah, Greg Gonzalez, Kenya Autie, and Soumya Chatterjee

"Millets are a wonder - An end to hunger - What if we could change the world"

We understand that addressing hunger is an ongoing endeavor that requires a multi-dimensional, multi-year approach. We are in a time of great divisions and great hunger in the world. Can a song about a forgotten grain bring us together and help solve the hunger crisis? To singer-songwriter Falu and her team, the answer was a resounding yes. The result is this beautiful, powerful, accessible song, “Abundance in Millets.”

 

Accolades 

The United Nations - International Year of Millets 2023

https://www.fao.org/millets-2023/my-story/detail/falu/en

 

Times of India (the equivalent of The New York Times)

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/she-got-pm-modi-to-do-what-nobodys-ever-asked-him-to/articleshow/101202673.cms

The Economic Times (the equivalent of Wall Street Journal)

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/pm-modi-joins-grammy-winning-singer-falu-for-a-special-song-on-benefits-of-millets/articleshow/101052969.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

 

The Indian Express (the equivalent of the Washington Post)

(June 17) 

https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/health/prime-minister-narendra-modi-millet-song-grammy-winning-singer-falguni-shah-variety-grains-benefits-8668347/

The Indian Express

(June 28) 

https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/music/pm-narendra-modi-falguni-shah-song-abundance-in-millets-song-watch-video-8690467/

 

The New Indian Express

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2023/jun/16/pm-modi-joins-grammy-winning-singer-falu-for-a-special-song-on-benefits-of-millets-2585626.html

Press Trust of India (the largest News Agency of India)

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pm-modi-collaborates-with-indian-american-grammy-winner-falu-for-special-song-on-millets-2393993-2023-06-16

Business Today (the equivalent of CNBC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ZJoEL4b8U

 

Times Now Navbharat (prime time Hindi news channel_

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD7YvJY7VsA

 

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO)

https://www.fao.org/millets-2023/events/detail/pm-modi-joins-grammy-winning-singer-falu-for-a-special-song-on-benefits-of-millets/

 

Times special podcast (India’s most popular podcast)

https://epaper.timesgroup.com/timesspecial/news-current-affairs/when-modi-told-falu-to-make-music-on-millets-to-end-world-hunger/1687447538257?utm_source=share&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialsharebuttons


NDTV is 24/7 broadcast news channel in Hindi

https://ndtv.in/videos/grammy-winner-falguni-shah-shares-her-experience-of-meeting-pm-modi-706983


NDTV is 24/7 broadcast news channel in English

https://www.ndtv.com/video/news/news/pm-modi-in-us-exclusive-falguni-shah-grammy-award-winner-recounts-meeting-with-pm-modi-706978

 

Times Now News in print (the equivalent of LA Times)

https://www.timesnownews.com/viral/pm-modi-collaborates-with-grammy-winner-falu-for-abundance-in-millets-song-article-101066035

The New Indian Express (published in all 22 major cities in India in their regional languages)

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2023/jun/16/pm-modi-joins-grammy-winning-singer-falu-for-a-special-song-on-benefits-of-millets-2585626.html

 

The Hindu News (the equivalent of Boston Globe)

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/abundance-in-millets-song-featuring-pm-modi/article66975479.ece

 

Money Control (a business news portal)

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/photos/business/in-pics-pm-modi-meets-musk-falguni-shah-and-attends-yoga-day-during-us-visit-10832421-1.html

 

ABP Live (Hindi news channel) 

https://news.abplive.com/entertainment/celebrities/indian-american-grammy-winner-falguni-shah-sings-a-song-on-millets-co-written-by-pm-narendra-modi-1610219

Economic Times Panache

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/pm-modi-teams-up-with-indian-origin-grammy-winner-falu-for-special-single-on-nutritional-value-of-millets/articleshow/101045511.cms

 

Mint (the equivalent of USA Today) 

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/pm-narendra-modi-pens-song-with-grammy-winner-falu-abundance-of-millets-song-to-be-launched-today-11686896413076.html

Outlook Planet (a newspaper for planet climate change) 

https://planet.outlookindia.com/news/pm-modi-collaborates-with-grammy-winning-singer-falu-for-song-on-millets-news-415508

 

Asianet Newsable (the equivalent of the Guardian) 

https://newsable.asianetnews.com/india/pm-modi-collaborates-with-grammy-winning-singer-falu-for-special-song-on-benefits-of-millets-listen-snt-rwc3uc

 

The Print

https://theprint.in/world/indian-diaspora-beyond-excited-overjoyed-on-pm-modis-us-visit-grammy-winning-singer-falguni-shah/1633515/

 

News 18 (the equivalent of Ion TV) 

https://www.news18.com/india/official-video-of-millets-song-by-pm-modi-grammy-winner-falu-out-now-watch-8195095.html

Song Performed By

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Falu and Gaurav Shah

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From left to right: Falu / Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi / Nishaad Shah / and Gaurav Shah

Photo Credits: PIB

Songwriters

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Falu

Artist and Songwriter 

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Gauvav Shah

Artist and Songwriter

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    Greg Gonzalez

    Drummer and Songwriter

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    Soumya Chatterjee

    Musician and Songwriter

      Impact of Abundance in Millets

      "Millets are a wonder - An end to hunger - What if we could change the world"

       

      Abundance in Millets was conceived, written, produced, and published as part of a sustainable, integrated plan.  We are in it for the long haul as we integrate with the supply chain of millets from seed to planting and nurturing to harvesting to conversion into food product to food on the kitchen table: “Farm to Table.”

       

      • The Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi suggested that 2023 was declared “The International Year of Millets.”

       

      • The United Nations, following the recommendation of the Honorable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, with the support of India and 72 other countries, declared 2023 “The Year of Millets.”

       

      • Prime Minister Modi of India, who co-wrote and co-performed on Abundance in Millets, and integrated it into his government’s hunger agenda.

       

      • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is translating Abundance of Millets into many different global languages to promote millets.

       

      • Most rural Indian communities don’t have electricity, so their only access to music is via       radio broadcast. The Indian government and all India radio stations have collaborated on regular, frequent broadcasts of Abundance in Millets.

       

      • Through the song, local farmers are being encouraged to cultivate millets in local communities throughout India and beyond.

       

      • In communities around the world, events are being held and promoted to introduce people to delicious millet recipes, which raises awareness about this accessible and abundant food staple.

       

      • This song has received a vast amount of international press in print, television, radio, and digital platforms.

      Listening Links

      • Abundance in Millets - Spotify
      • Abundance in Millets - Apple Music
      • Abundance in Millets - Amazon Music
      • Abundance in Millets - YouTube

      Song Credits

      Artists: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Falu, Gaurav Shah

       

      Writers: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Falu, Gaurav Shah, Greg Gonzalez, Kenya Autie, and Soumya Chatterjee

       

      Musicians:

      Falguni Shah - Vocals

      Gaurav Shah - Vocals, Harmonium, Bansuri 

      PM Narendra Modi - Vocals

      Greg Gonzalez - Drums and Percussion

      Aditya Phatak - Tabla 

      Tammy Lynn Hall - Piano 

      David Sands - Bass

      Nishaad Shah - Vocals

      Mark Tewarson - Guitar, Mandolin and Pads

      Producer: Kenya Autie

      Recording, Mix and Mastering Engineer: Oscar Autie 

      Art Design: PIB

       

      Record Label: Monsoon Records

      Recording Date: March 11, 2023

      Released Date: June 16, 2023

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      Statement

      “If I am hungry, that’s a material problem.  If someone else is hungry, that’s a spiritual problem.” — Dr. Paul Farmer

       

      We understand that addressing hunger is an ongoing endeavor that requires a multi-dimensional, multi-year approach. We are in a time of great divisions and great hunger in the world. Can a song about a forgotten grain bring us together and help solve the hunger crisis? To singer-songwriter Falu and her team, the answer was a resounding yes. The result is this beautiful, powerful, accessible song, “Abundance in Millets.”

       

      Hunger

      Imagine the despair of a mother who knows she can’t feed her hungry children. Sadly, millions of mothers around the world do not need to imagine it. They live it every day.

       

      Worse yet, hunger does not exist in isolation. It is embedded with many other social ills —     conflict and war, an ever-changing climate making once fertile lands no longer so, impoverishment of the mind, and, ultimately, the greatest ill, the suffering of individual human dignity.

       

      Hunger is not indiscriminate. The forgotten and shunned — whether they be of indigenous communities or people who “don’t fit in” are the largest sufferers.  

       

      Millets

      “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” -  Lao Tzu

       

      Reliable, sustainable, accessible sources of food are paramount in enabling individuals, their communities, and society at large to ultimately make the changes that need to happen in the modern day.

       

      Millets are historically important, but recently forgotten, grains that provide promise to these ends.  They are rich in most of the nutrients we rely on to live healthy, productive lives: calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein. They are gluten-free and low in carbohydrates.

       

      Most importantly, millets can be grown and harvested in a variety of soil and climate conditions. They are heartier than many other grains and, as such, amenable to the lands and climates that many of the world’s hungry live in. As with other grains, they are critical ingredients to numerous food products such as porridges and flatbreads. Also, like other grains, millets can be used for protein-rich feed for livestock.

       

      Looking ahead, along with other partners, we are exploring the full supply chain of millets “from farm to table” to advance ways to integrate Abundance in Millets into the very fabric of teaching local communities to “feed themselves for a lifetime.”  Although this movement originates in India, it is intended for Africa, the Middle East, the rest of Asia, the Americas and anywhere that hunger persists.

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