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B'wood sways Trinidad

The Bollywood Music Awards in Port of Spain saw Udit Narayan bag the best male singer.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2005 14:34 IST

The long awaited Bollywood Music Awards were given away in Port of Spain in what turned into an outpouring of Trinidad's nostalgia and love for the Hindi film industry.

A packed-to-the-rafters audience went into raptures as the Bollywood Music Awards 2005 for outstanding achievements were presented to top singing sensations at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, reports Bollywood Trade.

The musical extravaganza drew thousands of people from all over the Caribbean, the US and Canada, where the audience could see a host of their favourite stars in flesh and blood as well as enjoy live performances.

The Master of Ceremonies was the popular and stunningly beautiful Kiran Maharaj who kept the audience enthralled and engaged throughout the event.

Ravi Bissembar of the band Karma opened the evening with a breathtaking performance of the hit song Mangalam Ganesham. Popular Caribbean artist Indar Kanhai and the local Shiv Shakti dancers gave the event a powerful Indo-Caribbean flavour.

Hot international pop star Raghav performed his top-of-the-charts hits: Angel Eyes and Can't Get Enough. Remix King Harry Anand had the audience on their feet with his chart-busters.

Kumar Sanu mesmerised the audience by singing a medley of his hit songs. The young and charming Babu Supriyo was up next to shake up the audience with his mind-blowing performance. Udit Narayan had the women swooning with his romantic numbers.

Anuradha Sriram performed for the first time in the Caribbean, and the crowd went wild. Jaspinder Narula entertained the audience with several upbeat numbers. Kavita Krishnamurthy took listeners through a musical journey by singing a medley of her most popular songs. Pakistani singer Amir Jamal of the Kaho Na Kaho fame rocked the stage with his electrifying performance.

Kamal Dandona, chairman and CEO of the Bollywood Group, said, "It is truly a distinct honour for my group to be part of the history that has been created today. Trinidadians carry and promote our culture, values and tradition in the most meaningful manner. Their love for India's culture is visible by the spectacular success of today's event.

"I am highly impressed by Mr. Tony Maharaj and C.L. Financial who did a job par excellence in terms of management, promotion, coordination and execution. Trinidad is undoubtedly one of the best venues for an event of this magnitude and scale."

The warm and vibrant cultural link between India and Trinidad and Tobago was further endorsed by the presence of former prime minister Basdeo Panday and his wife Oma and Indian High Commissioner JS Sapra among others.

The event left thousands with warm memories of a magical evening. Enlisted are the winners:

Late Madan Mohan - Best Music Director - Film

Udit Narayan - Best Male Singer

Kavita Krishnamurthy - Best Female Singer

Kumar Sanu - Best Artiste - Male

Asha Bhosle - Best Artiste - Female

Babul Supriyo - Best Album

Pritam (Dhoom) - Best Song of the Year

Harry Anand - Best Dance Video

Harry Anand - Best Remix

Juggy D - Best Bhangra

Atif Aslam - Best New Musical Talent

Kamalludin Mohammed - Lifetime Achievement Award

First Published: Dec 09, 2005 16:15 IST