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GIMA Awards 2012 :: Press Conference

The 3rd season of the GiMA Awards officially kickstarted with a press conference highlighting the significant facets of the ceremony.

After an emphatic debut in 2010, the Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) Awards has emerged as the most definitive platform to honour and applaud talent in Indian music. In a first-of-its kind initiative by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., in partnership with the leaders of the Indian music industry, GiMA celebrates talent across over multiple genres of Indian music, with the vision of giving different musical genres the same importance and recognition. Over the last 2 years, only the music industry’s finest have taken home the coveted GiMA. And they have held it high. Now in its 3rd edition, GiMA continues to applaud those who have pushed the boundaries in Indian music; those who have created music like never before.


The aim of the event was to provide a platform to the musicians to vote for their favorites from the given nominee list. Sabbas Joseph, founder director of Wizcraft, informed the audience that the designated machines would be available throughout the day for voting and provided a brief introduction to the world of GiMA.

Representing the advisory board, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma applauded GIMA on their initiative to rightfully award musicians. Commenting on this, he said, ”I haven’t seen any other country in the world where music is an integral part of life. In India, music plays an essential role in every milestone of a person’s life – be it the birth of a child, marriage ceremonies or even during the final rites of a person. It is our responsibility to cherish and uphold our Indian music and not neglect our culture. We need to pave a correct path for the next generation to nurture and appreciate folk music.” And by saying this, he cast the inaugural vote.


Commenting on the method of nomination and voting, Sabbas informed the audience that the votes would be tabulated by the auditing mogul KPMG. All the entries would be presented to the jury and they would be given a time span of 3-4 weeks to score each entry and shortlist them to the final few. These would be presented to the advisory board for scanning and the winners would then be chosen. 

For the complete list of nominees for GIMA Awards 2012, click HERE.

Speaking about the volume of entries, Vijay Lazarus of Indian Music Industry (IMI) said, ”This past year has yielded so much music that it was very, very difficult just to select the entries.” Sabbas added,”While the country’s best talent comprises the jury, as a rule, jurors do not adjudicate on categories/genres in which they are in contention.



Jatin Pandit, Javed Akhtar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kunal Kohli, Prasoon Joshi, Rajiv Kenkre, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ramesh Sippy, Resul Pookutty, Shaan, Udit Narayan & Vijay Lazarus.


Anup Jalota, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Ehsaan Noorani, Hariharan, Ila Arun, Leslie Lewis, Loy Mendonsa, Pankaj Udhas, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Raju Singh, Ram Sampath, Roop Kumar Rathod, Salim Merchant, Shankar Mahadevan, Shantanu Moitra, Shashi Vyas, Suresh Wadkar, Swanand Kirkire, Taufiq Qureshi & Ustad Rashid Khan.


Atul Churamani, Bhushan Kumar, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Hariharan, Javed Akhtar, Mukesh Bhatt, Prasoon Joshi, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Shankar Mahadevan, Shubha Mudgal, Sridhar Subramaniam, Sunil Lulla, Vijay Lazarus & Vishal Bhardwaj.


Along with an insight to the awards, various musicians paid a tribute to the musical veterans who passed away recently – namely, Jagjit SinghBhupen Hazarika & Mehdi Hassan

 First up was lyricist Prasoon Joshi. The experience of listening to him recite his self-written poem is nothing compared to his poetic words that you hear in songs. Hear it for yourself:

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Moving on, Papon seemed to be the ideal choice to pay homage to the late Bhupen Hazarika, owing to their shared Assamese heritage. Starting off in Assamese, he performed a heartwarming rendition of Bhupen Hazarika’s Dil Hoom Hoom Kare. Listening to such spectacular music, one questions the atrocious quality of modern-day songs.

Roop Kumar Rathod chose to pay a tribute to Mehdi Hassan by reciting a smallshraddhanjali in the form of Mehdi Hassan’s Ab Ke Hum Bichde. The man is always a pleasure to hear in person and he didn’t disappoint at all. The adjective ‘haunting’ would be an understatement for his voice.

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Finally, Anup Jalota paid a tribute to Jagjit Singh. Reminiscing about their friendship, he shared some candid anecdotes and proceeded to sing two of Jagjit ji’s famous ghazals – Tum Itna Jo Muskura & Honthon Se Choolon Tum. On his cajoling, the audience joined in and ended the league of performances with repeated chants of “Sangeet Amar Kar Do, Jagjit Amar Kar Do”.

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  • Kunal Kohli advised the inclusion of a category of awards solely for musicians i.e. the crew members – not only arrangers – in the forthcoming years.
  • Roop Kumar Rathod pressed the issue of modern day westernization of folk music by saying, ”If I want to eat idlis, then I want authentic idlis – not a weird modernized idli between burger buns. Similarly, folk music should remain untouched. It should be democratized but shouldn’t be ruined by experimentation just to make it palatable.” Ila Arun agreed with him.
  • Anup Jalota urged today’s youngsters to learn the nuances of a ghazal since it clears ones speech and increases ones vocal prowess. In his words, “By doing this, everyone will pronounce the word phir correctly.

For the complete list of nominees for GIMA Awards 2012, click HERE.

Stay tuned to for the coverage of the GIMA Awards 2012 Nomination Party.

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