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Nominees for the Global Indian Music Awards

Nominations for India's first Global Indian Music Awards that recognise film and non-film music, have been announced. And the nominees are...

music Updated: Nov 03, 2010 17:16 IST
Sharin Bhatti

Nominations for the Global Indian Music Awards, in association with Hindustan Times, India's first awards that recognise film and non-film music, were announced on Tuesday. The awards, which will honour vocalists, instrumentalists, composers and curators, will take place on November 10. In addition to the ten non-film and 11 film categories, there will also be an award for the best anti-piracy initiative.

Anti-piracy crusaders
"Our industry is struck by piracy and initiatives need to be taken to combat the menace. There are opportunities to recognise this and the people who are aiding the campaigns both on the physical (CDs) and digital space (creating software programmes, running online crusades)," says Indian Music Industry president, Vijay Lazarus.

The advisory board comprising Vijay Lazarus, Bhushan Kumar, L. Subramaniam, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Prasoon Joshi, Karan Johar, Mukesh Bhatt and Sulaiman Merchant, among others, will review the entries and select one initiative with the most impact against piracy. GIMA received 940 entries including 223 albums. Six Bollywood films - 3 Idiots, Karthik Calling Karthik, Kaminey, Ishqiya, Love Aaj Kal and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani - have been nominated in the film music category.

Varied list of nominees
Legends and new talent alike are vying for top honours in the non-film music category. Nominees include Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Dr L Subramaniam, Shubha Mudgal, Lata Mangeshkar, Kailash Kher, Mohit Chauhan and Purnima Chaudhuri. The best non-film song category has familiar songs like Aman ki asha, Bas ek baat ka humko gila, Chaandan mein, Fitoor, Let's go to Mumbai city and Marhabba jaanam, competing for the GIMA trophy.

The nominees in the various categories have been determined by a panel from the music and film industry. However, there is no mention of Indian indie talent in the nominations. "The initiative is for signed talent. Independent artistes belong to no label. We are judging them also on the basis of their record sales and airplay," explains panelist Sulaiman Merchant.