“Can’t believe Narendra Modi got a Grammy nomination before BTS did!”
“WHEN DID MODI START MAKING MUSIC?????? OR STARRING IN MV????”
The news stopped social media dead in its tracks and then erupted a second later when the following song “Falu & Gaurav Shah (ft. PM Narendra Modi)—Abundance “in Millets” received the nominee for the 66th Annual Grammy Awards 2024 under “Best Global Music Performance.” Yes, glimpsing the Indian Prime Minister’s name is what caught everyone searching the song “Abundance in Millets” on YouTube and searching for the reason for the nominee in the first place.
Indian-American singer-songwriter couple Falguni and Gaurav Shah, who set this song ablaze and made it a hit at the Grammys, found the inspiration for this idea last year in New Delhi when Falguni, who happens to be the only Indian-origin woman to be nominated in the Best Children’s Music Album category at the Grammys twice, had a meeting with PM Modi after her Grammys win. When the Prime Minister asked her to compose a song with the message to spread awareness about ending hunger and starvation, Shah got the idea for Modi to write the song with her to advance this perception using music’s transformative power.
Readily agreeing to this, this Kodak moment was captured this year in June to raise awareness about millets as a potential solution to world hunger. Also, the song aligns with the Food and Agriculture Organization’s and the United Nations’ declaration of 2023 as the International Year of the Millets (IYM2023), emphasizing the cereal’s nutritional value and its potential use to gratify poverty’s underbelly.
While the Prime Minister cannot be seen rapping or singing in this musical, his speech aligned with the song’s message on the cultivation of millets in India, its nourishment for the average Indian, and how we can all culminate it in our diet. This set the song ablaze and put the Shahs shoulder-to-shoulder with the other Grammy nominees under Best Global Music Performance, including Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily: Shadow Forces,Burna Boy: Alone,Davido: Feel,Silvana Estrada: Milagro y Disastre,Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain ft. Rakesh Chaurasia: Pashto,Ibrahim Maalouf ft. Cimafunk & Tank, and the Bangas: Todo Colores.
Hearing this news, tweets have exploded on X, where the media has responded humorously as to the Prime Minister being all “self-reliant” and engaging in a wonderful “side business.” It definitely, though, is a mark of pride for the nation to be appointed as a Grammys’ nominee while the Indian Prime Minister is holding the torch ablaze.
For listening to the song’s official music video, click here.